Earth needs our help! Pollution is growing

Release Date: 23/02/2017

The environment was the real winner in a primary schools’ air quality competition in which Richmond’s young people proved the next generation is greener than ever.

Competition was fierce and the artwork first-class from the three participatory Richmond Primary Schools that battled it out to be crowned the winner of the Clean4schools programme. Arty Arianna Qyra, 9, scooped first place for her school, Darell Primary, narrowly seeing off tough competition from St Stephens and Holy Trinity Primary Schools.

Arianna’s masterpiece ‘Earth needs our help! Pollution is Growing’ will be enlarged and take pride of place in Barnes Library, Castelnau. It will be enlarged and permanently displayed in Richmond Council’s Air Quality Monitoring Station which is outside the library. If that wasn't enough lucky Arianna had tea with the Mayor of Richmond, Cllr David Linnette, in his Parlour at York House alongside fellow councillors today (Feb 21). Capping off a winning week Arianna will return to her school with a £100 cheque thanks to Richmond Council and the London Sustainability Exchange which worked in partnership to deliver the programme.

The poster competition was the culmination of a packed year-long programme which delivered a host of important environmental lessons. The children monitored air pollution in 20 sites located close by to their schools including main roads, pavements and parkland. Pupils predicted the outcomes of their tests and then compared their predictions to the actual results once returned from the laboratory. They also had several classroom based lessons on the causes and consequences of air pollution. Other highlights included visits to all three schools from a theatre company which put on the highly entertaining show ‘Pollution Solutions’.

Richmond Mayor, Cllr David Linnette, said:

“What talented and environmentally minded young people we have in Richmond! Clean4schools is a wonderful programme that educates our children in air pollution and the dangers it poses to our environment. It was a pleasure to have the winner of the poster competition come along to York House today for tea and return to her school with a winner’s cheque.

“Like all competitions there can only be one winner – but everyone who took part came away with a far greater prize – they learnt not just about our current environment and the dangers air pollution poses to our surroundings, but potential threats long into the distant future when they are adults and can bring about real change – when the rest of us are pensioners!”

Updated: 23 February 2017