Primary students from Pollok were given lessons in tackling pollution, like walking or cycling short distances, as a part of Scotland’s national air quality campaign.

The sixth annual Clean Air Day took place on Thursday in an effort to raise awareness about the small changes people can make to cut emissions for better air quality.

The air pollution campaign comes after a recent survey revealed a lack of public awareness on the damaging impact pollution has on health.

Glasgow Times:

Youngsters from three classes at St Monica’s Primary School in Pollok were asked to make pledges on how they would reduce pollution and were allowed to explore an electric car and ask questions about how it worked.

John Bynorth, communications officer for Environmental Protection Scotland, said: “We were delighted with the response from pupils and staff to our Clean Air Day trip to St Monica’s Primary School.

“Instead of playing football or games of tag in playground, we had a long queue of pupils wanting to get into the car and find out about what makes an electric vehicle work.”

Larissa Lockwood, a director at charity Global Action Plan, said: “Air pollution puts the health of our whole body at risk, it is beyond just a lung health issue.

“With a growing evidence base, we are able to talk even more clearly about the health harms that air pollution causes for everyone, not just those who are vulnerable.

“But we want the public to know that there is hope – simple actions do have a positive impact on our health and our communities.”