Youngsters from two Perth schools will be learning about air quality and its effects on the environment as the world leaders debate climate change.
Children from St Ninian’s and Craigie primary schools are using the discussions at COP26 as the focus for special lessons created by world-leading energy and environment consultancy Ricardo.
The company, which has offices in Glasgow where COP26 is being held, has created a set of activities that include enabling the pupils to monitor the air quality around their schools.
Stuart Sneddon, Technical Director, said: “We have worked previously with Perth and Kinross Council, and other local authorities, in delivering air quality events and activities. It is so important for young people to understand not just about air pollution and how it can affect them, but also other topics relating to the environment. It is a privilege for us to be able to share our knowledge with the next generation of scientists.”
The school package includes air quality sensors that will be able to provide the youngsters with data in near real time, allowing them to see the effects of traffic and other factors on the air quality in their environment.
Topics in the climate-focused lessons include ‘what is air pollution’ and ‘how is air quality monitored?’, including information to highlight the schools’ air quality trends. Positive behaviour changes to help improve local air quality will be promoted and there will be links to COP26 covering climate change and giving an insight into global climate issues.
Dr Sneddon said: “Air quality monitoring is a useful introduction to air quality for pupils, linking also with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) objectives. We hope that the activities will help inspire the youngsters to become more environmentally aware and encourage them to make better choices to help protect the environment.”
Perth & Kinross Council’s Lifelong Learning Convenor, Councillor Caroline Shiers, said: “We know climate change is one of the issues most children and young people are concerned about, so projects like this are a great way for them to learn about the impact our actions have on the environment.
“With COP26 under way in Glasgow, it is the perfect time for children to be learning about the environment and the measures we can take to reduce climate change.”
Ricardo’s reputation is built on longstanding air quality monitoring experience, providing independent QA/QC and data management services for AQ sensor networks. It provides local authorities with an end-to-end service including procurement, installation, service and maintenance, data collection, scaling, validation, co-location correction, ratification, QA/QC and reporting.