Our school is talking part in an Islington Council project about air quality near school playgrounds and our Green T members were delighted that Jeremy Corbyn, Member of Parliament for Islington North, visited the school on the day that they launched our Walking Zone map.
Green T delivered their assembly for Mr Corbyn and Islington Councillor (and Tufnell Park school Governor, Kat Fletcher) and had a question and answer session with the leader of the Labour Party. They asked him what he thought about cycle lanes and, if he became Prime Minister, what he would do to support the Mayor London in reducing air pollution.
The team explained that they had done a walking survey of our local area and used stopwatches to find out how far they could walk in 5 minutes…
And found that in just 10 minutes you could almost reach the Odeon cinema on Holloway Road.
The team then used the mapping data they had collected to create our ‘walking zone’ map. We have now received this printed on a banner for the school fence and a board which is in the playground, so that parents and pupils can see how easy it is to walk to school.
The team had delivered an amazing assembly for the whole school, explaining what they’d found out about pollution and encouraging our children to walk, cycle or scoot to school.
If you have to use a car, they suggested families ‘park and stride’ – park 5 or 10 minutes away from the school. The team explained the health benefits of walking and of keeping pollution low near our playground. Finally, they asked parents who have to drive to school to cut their engines when they are parked. The school is supported by Islington Council’s ‘anti-idling’ campaign and we hope parents will do this small thing to help our environment.
Live air monitoring information, from equipment on a lamppost outside our school gates, is transmitted to the air quality monitoring screen which has been outside Andromeda class. If you haven’t yet had a chance, do stop by and find out more about the impact that traffic pollution has on us all or you can view it here
You can see how the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide and particulates goes up and down during the day and week. We are lucky: levels of pollution are usually quite low, as our school is not near a busy road and many of our families already walk to school. Islington Council will continue to monitor pollution levels near our school and we hope to see things get even better.