Traffic in Beijing (Li Lou/World Bank) 

Home learning activities for pupils aged 11-14

Fossil fuels such as coal, oil, natural gas, petrol and diesel are continuously burned across the globe to generate electricity, heat buildings, drive industry and transport.

As these fossil fuels are burned they release a complex mixture of solid and liquid particles. Although these particles are mostly invisible, their levels in many cities around the world can cause of a range of problems to human health such as asthma, lung and heart diseases.   

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that outdoor air pollution causes 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide per year. 

Learning objectives: To examine the issue of air quality in towns, cities and schools and how actions taken as individuals can make a difference. 

Subject links: Science, Geography, Citizenship. 

Materials: You will need paper, pens, post it notes, a map of your local area, paper plates or pieces of card, cotton and Vaseline (chap sticks will do if not available).

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