Pupils breathe in environmental day message

A Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation project to help educate young people on environmental issues restarted at Ridgeway Academy on Thursday (20 May).

Air quality monitoring

Initially put on hold due to Covid-19, the partnership between the WGC Centenary Foundation, Groundworks and the county and borough councils spoke to student bubbles from year 7, 9 and 10 on a range of topics, including air quality.

It follows the borough council putting additional air quality monitoring in place outside three borough schools - Ridgeway Academy, Monks Walk and Countess Anne - as part of the wider project.

It is hoped that continued engagement with young people and parents will lead to long term improvements in air quality in and around schools by encouraging green travel.

Cllr Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Climate Change at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:

The quality of the air we breathe is vital to protect our wellbeing, and the health of our environment. By showcasing the science behind the council's air monitoring, pupils experienced firsthand how pollutants from vehicle engines affect our air. We have a unique opportunity after lockdown to build a healthier, cleaner borough and I hope today inspired them to think differently about how they travel now and in the future.

David Kell of the WGC Centenary Foundation, said:

We are very pleased that Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's air quality monitoring is able to assist in the school's environmental science day at Ridgeway Academy.

The project is funded by The Hobson Charity and the Stefanou Foundation.

For more information on air quality monitoring in Welwyn Hatfield, visit: www.welhat.gov.uk/air-quality