28 Aug '14

News Pedal power: why cycling to school is good for learning and the planet

Schools are starting cycle- or walk-to-school schemes to nurture green thinking and encourage children to be healthy. Matthew Jenkin meets the teachers making a differenceEvery time a child is driven to primary school and back their car releases about 84 balloons worth of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to the charity Sustrans, which promotes sustainable transport in the UK. Thats a lot of hot air. The amount of damaging greenhouse gasses produced on the daily school run could be reduced dramatically, however, if parents left their cars at home and students simply walked, cycled or scooted in.Schools across the UK are starting bike- or walk-to-school schemes to not only do their bit for the environment but also to teach the curriculum in a fun, active way. Continue reading...

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