Greenmount’s chalk mural sends clean air message

Greenmount Primary School in Beeston Hill teamed up with Cllr Ed Carlisle (Green, Hunslet and Riverside) to create a giant chalk mural on Coupland Street – to mark Clean Air Day on Thursday (16 June 2022).

Clean Air Day is an annual UK-wide event to raise awareness and develop action in communities around air pollution. Greenmount is one of several local schools working with their pupils and families to tackle the issue – with a special focus on trying to reduce the number of people driving to school, but walking or cycling instead.

Ed (who also co-runs the South Leeds Alliance for Clean Air campaign) commented:

“Air pollution is such a blight on our communities, and yet – because it’s pretty much invisible – is often overlooked. But it’s great to see the work Greenmount are doing on it, and we had lots of fun creating the mural together. We can all play our part improving local air quality, and we’ll all benefit – let’s do it”.

Lisa Dixon, Headteacher at Greenmount Primary School, added:

“Some of our Eco councillors and year 3 and 4 pupils were keen to promote Clean Air Day and loved having the opportunity to create an art mural with Ed Carlisle.

“Our Eco Council have been working hard all week to find out which class has made the most changes for walking to school. Pupils are keen to find out which class has won the competition. Our Eco councillors helped me outside school on Thursday morning to carry out a traffic survey and speak to parents about how they travel to school and safe places to park.

“We would really like to see a reduction in the amount of cars on Greenmount Street at school drop off and pick up times. This will not only help the environment but also help to keep our pupils safe.”

According to Public Health England, air pollution is a key contributing factor to between 28,000-35,000 premature deaths in the UK every year. For more info on air pollution, and steps we can take, visit: www.actionforcleanair.org.uk.

 

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