Air Pollution Information Session 2020
At Lathom Junior School, our awareness of air pollution and its impact on the environment has increased considerably since our participation in the Healthy School Streets Scheme. On Thursday 13th February 2020, Year Six hosted an Air Pollution Information session for parents and several guest speakers were in attendance.
Year 6 students embraced the opportunity to share their persuasive letters addressed to the councillor - evaluated present action plans to reduce air pollution and presented recommendations. Some students worked in teams as they addressed the problem of air pollution in the borough of Newham using high-quality power-point presentations. One student shared her passion to decrease air pollution through use of poetry.
Members from the local council, Public Health and the WE charity played a vital role in information sharing. Councillor Patel was overjoyed after listening to letters directed to him and responded to the students’ recommendations. Also, he was elated to share his love for the local community and his role in improving air quality in Newham. Public Health representative, Phil Veasey, discussed his role in sustainable strategies and programmes in the local community but most importantly, encouraged everyone to become ‘action takers.’
WE Schools Programme facilitator, Hannah Read shared how the charity - WE - was founded; the importance of empowering others to take social action in their communities. After the session, all 150 students attended a workshop, where Hannah encouraged children to discuss environmental issues which then led to an action planning activity to tackle air pollution. Hopefully, their action plans will flourish into inspiring projects in their community.