Student Research Reports
Dunboyne Clean Air Campaign
Student(s):ADA McINERNEY ELLIE MCGOVERN AMY VELLA LOUISE FEIGHERY JAMES SHEEHAN JULIE SHERLOCK TRINITY MCGANN FAYE O'CARROLL MAISIE LAWLOR NIAMH BRADY NAOMI WALSH
Grade Level:Upper Primary (grades 3-5, ages 8-11)
Contributors:Deirdre O'Carroll Caitríona Lordan Principal JJ Brennan Carmel Colfer Dillon, Dunboyne Tidy Towns
Date Submitted: 03/10/2020
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There are often wide variations in local air quality going undetected that can have significant impacts on the health and wellbeing of local communities. Our school is beside a very busy road which our staff and students pass by every day. We discovered that children are more vulnerable to the effects of air pollution. As a health promoting school, our STEM team decided to investigate the levels of air pollution around our school. The health effects of air pollution are serious – one third of deaths from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease are due to air pollution. Air pollution is closely linked to the burning of fossil fuels and climate change. Air pollution affects children and can have a particularly detrimental effect on children with asthma. As asthma is particularly common in Ireland, where over 380,000 adults and children have the condition , we felt it was important to link our project to the recent Asthma Society of Ireland #OwnOurAir Schools competition which aims to educate young people on the harmful effects that poor air quality has on their health, while simultaneously encouraging students to take action against air pollution.