Axel Hartmann

Investigate the level of air pollution in your local city or town, for today, this week, this month or this year using the World Air Map. Are the levels within the guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation?

Find out about other towns and cities in your country. Are they within the guidelines?

Try some cities in other countries around the world. How do they get on?

Can you find out what difference people staying at home during the Covid-19 crisis has made to levels of air pollution around the world? 

In most towns and cities, the major source of pollution is normally traffic. Air pollution monitoring experiments have shown that exposure to pollution can be cut by 20 per cent or even 50 per cent just by using side streets rather than walking along busy roads. A pioneering scheme that closes roads around schools to traffic at the start and end of the school day has been piloted in Birmingham and other cities. 

Do you think vehicles should be banned from outside all schools worldwide? Record your thoughts on four sticky notes or squares of paper with the headers:

  • For
  • Against
  • Feelings
  • Alternatives.

Then gather an adult’s thoughts on the statement. Are their views the same as yours or are there differences in opinion?