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St George’s join the year-long walk to school challenge

In a launch event this month, St George’s join WOW, a year-round walk to school challenge, run by the UK’s charity for walking, Living Streets.

Joining 14 other schools, including Mount Primary, in the WOW challenge, this is the next step that St George’s are taking to tackle pollution and make our air cleaner.

St George’s is just one of the schools around Wirral that have been raising awareness to their pupils to recognise what they can do to be more environmentally friendly and more than 3200 badges have already been earned by pupils at schools in Wirral through the Living Streets, walk to school challenge.

With one in four cars on the road at peak times, on the school run, WOW aims to reduce the number of cars on the road and in-turn, reduce congestion, road danger and pollution.

In the face of the climate emergency, it is important that we recognise more sustainable ways of travelling around the borough to reduce pollution, whether that be walking, cycling, scooting or choosing to ‘park and stride’; an alternative for families who live further away or can’t make the full journey sustainably, to take a more active part in the challenge by parking further away and walking the last five minutes of their journey.

Between September 2019 and November 2019, other schools across borough taking part in the challenge, have seen the number of active trips (walking, cycling, scooting or parking and striding) have increased from 64% to 85% and a reduction in car use from 35% to 14%.

By taking part in this challenge, St George’s are encouraging pupils and their families to choose an active and sustainable way of travelling to school to improve air quality and teach children the importance of exercise in a daily routine.

The launch of this challenge will mean that from Wednesday 6 November onwards, each day, each pupil at St George’s will record how they travelled to school.

If you work in a school, you can easily get involved by simply setting up a WOW Travel Tracker account and getting pupils to report daily how they travelled to school on their interactive tracker.

To find out more about the WOW challenge visit the website.