Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has celebrated this year’s ‘Clean Air Day’ with children and teachers at Cramond and Corstorphine Primary Schools.
The two schools are located next to two of the most polluted streets in Scotland – Queensferry Road and St John’s Road.
Ms Jardine spoke to children about the importance of tackling air pollution and climate change, and invited them to hang their pledges for the environment on her 6ft redwood ‘clean air tree’.
Following the event, the Lib Dem MP said:
“I was delighted to spend Clean Air Day with pupils at Cramond and Corstorphine Primary Schools, and to hear their thoughts on the big environmental issues we face today.
“One thing was very clear: they want us to take action to improve air quality and tackle climate change. Now.
“The children were very engaged and they had lots of great ideas. I was particularly impressed that both schools had their own eco champions!
“Children are disproportionately exposed to high levels of air pollution whilst they are on the school run and at school, so we owe it to them to clean up our air.
“Yesterday also marked one year since I launched a petition to bring a Low Emissions Zone to the west of Edinburgh.
“Currently the city council is only planning a full LEZ for the city centre, but there’s still time for residents to participate in their online consultation.to tell them loud and clear that this just isn’t good enough.”