Ashbourne CS’s Air pollution Investigation
Air pollution kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year, largely due to increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified air pollution as a silent killer that lurks around us, preying on the young and old. It is a major environmental risk to health, with 91 % of the population living in places where the WHO air quality guidelines were not met, in 2016. (1)
Our objective is to study air pollution in our town, Ashbourne, Co.Meath
In our project we focus on what we breathe and how air quality is deteriorating due to our everyday actions. Our aims are to:
- Monitor the air quality in the locality of our school.
- Raise awareness in our school and community regarding our findings.
- Investigate the activities that damage air quality, specifically transport related.
- Look at green transport alternatives that will protect the most essential of human requirements, the need to breathe.
- Research the health implications of air quality deterioration.
- Investigate the actions we can take to improve air quality in the vicinity of the school and community.