Kate hosted an air quality summit for local schoolchildren from across the borough to hear their ideas about how to clean up our air in Trafford.
At the end of last year, Kate conducted a survey of local schoolchildren, which found that the majority of children who responded didn’t think that the air around their homes and schools was clean or good to breathe.
On 6th January, Kate met children from Victoria Park Junior School, Victoria Park Infants, Gorse Hill Primary, St Monica’s and Davyhulme Primary to find out what children wanted to be done to clean up our air.
In small groups, the children drew creative pictures showing what they thought was good for clean air and what they thought was bad.
In a lively discussion which followed, the children listed their ideas for how to improve air quality, and voted for their favourite - more electric cars and fewer diesel vehicles on the road.
The children also said they wanted to see more parks and green spaces in the community and discussed different ways of getting to school which could help clean up the air.
The summit inspired children to act and think of greener ways to get to school. Victoria Park Junior School plan to introduce a walk to school bus to help cut down on the number of cars on the road during the school run.
Kate said: “It was great to meet local schoolchildren and find out what they wanted to do to tackle problems we have with air pollution in our community.
“The World Health Organisation has said that air in the Greater Manchester area contains levels of dangerous particles which are above the legally safe level to breathe. This has a really serious impact on the health of children growing up around here. We need to act now to save children’s growing lungs.
“I was incredibly impressed by the wide range of ideas from the children – it was clear air quality is an issue which is really important to them.
“I’m now going to share the children’s priorities with government Ministers and the Manchester Mayoral candidates to put pressure on them to act on the future of the air we breathe in Stretford and Urmston.”
Kate is working with the British Lung Foundation to campaign for clean air in Stretford and Urmston. You can find more information about air quality issues on their website here: https://www.blf.org.uk/