London pupils have been marking London Climate Action Week (26 June – 4 July 2021) by taking to the streets for a special walk to school.

Pupils at Bevington Primary School have been walking to school to help improve local air quality. They were joined this week (28 June) by Lord Michael Bates for a special walk to school to celebrate the strides they’re making to reduce air pollution and get active on the school run.

Bevington Primary recently joined thousands of pupils across the UK for Living Streets’ Walk to School Week.

Families were encouraged to walk, cycle, scoot or ‘Park and Stride’ for the whole week to see the big differences that come from small steps, from healthier and happier children to fewer cars outside the school gates.

Lord Bates

Lord Michael Bates, President of Living Streets said:

“I was delighted to join Bevington Primary pupils on their walk to school and hear first-hand what they love most about walking to school. They are all excellent young ambassadors for walking.

“There are huge improvements on offer to health and air quality when we drive less and walk more. It’s great that these pupils have been inspired to keep walking beyond Walk to School Week.”

Stephen Edwards, Interim CEO, Living Streets said:

“Walking is an essential element of tackling the climate crisis by reducing transport emissions. The school run alone is responsible for generating half a million tonnes of CO2 per year – more than some small countries.

“By walking their short, everyday journeys, families at Bevington Primary are helping make a big impact on their local air quality.”

Living Streets runs WOW – the walk to school challenge in over 2,000 schools nationwide. Schools that take part in WOW typically enjoy 30 per cent fewer cars at the school gates and a 23 per cent increase in children walking to school. Bevington Primary pupils were presented with collectable WOW badges at the end of their walk to mark their continued efforts to get active on the school run.

There's a real buzz at Bevington about walking to school. Pupils feel the benefits of walking to school for their own health and improving the air quality of their local environment.

Keely Sunderland, Teacher, Bevington Primary School
Lord Bates and pupils
Bevington PS pupils


Find out more about Walk to School Week and how you can still join the celebrations!

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