Transport choices make a significant difference to global carbon emissions. This topic takes a look at how people and goods make their way to school and if we can make more sustainable choices. With air pollution being responsible for 3 million premature deaths worldwide in 2012, it is important that we make transport choices that protect air quality.
Here are some resources to get you started on Transport:
Climate Challenge Fund - Transport
The Climate Challenge Fund supports projects that reduce carbon emissions by encouraging the community to choose low carbon modes of transport. These projects involve helping people to move away from travelling alone in cars, lift sharing, public transport, or active travel like cycling and walking.
Sustrans Scotland - Hands Up Survey
Established in 2008, the Hands Up Scotland Survey looks at how pupils across Scotland travel to school and is the largest national dataset on school travel.
Sustrans Scotland - Active Travel Resources
A wealth of resources on sustainable and active travel from Sustrans including Bike to School Week resources, Suss it Out and the Big Street Survey.
BBC Terrific Scientific - Forces Investigation
As part of the BBC science campaign Terrific Scientific, this investigation will help your pupils to think and work like a scientist, looking at how forces affect speed and how athletes use air resistance to improve their training.
JRSO - Junior Road Safety Officers
Activities organised by your school's JRSO group can be included in your Eco-Schools Transport Action Plan.
Bikeability Scotland - Cycling Scotland
Whether new to cycling, looking to cycle to school or wanting to explore new places by bike with family and friends, Bikeability Scotland cycle training gives pupils skills and confidence to cycle safely and become a biking expert.
Cycle Friendly Schools - Cycling Scotland
Cycle Friendly School supports more children to enjoy the benefits of cycling and ride their bikes more often. Support comes in the form of a Champions Handbook, including a series of lesson plans, useful templates and guidance from Cycling Scotland's Development Team
Transport and Climate Change
Travelling in a motor vehicle emits CO2 which contributes to climate change, and Sustrans research in 2013 found that over 60% of journeys in Scotland are made in a car or van. Choosing more sustainable transport whenever possible is one thing we can all do to take action on climate change.
The Scottish Government's Transport statistics find that transport accounts for just under one quarter of Scotland’s total greenhouse gas emissions under the definition set out in the Climate Change Scotland Act, with transport by road making up 72% of transport emissions.
If we are to take successful action on climate change and improve air quality, we must make more sustainable transport choices. New technology means that newly registered vehicles are more fuel efficient and emit fewer emissions per kilometre but it is vital that we reduce the number of journeys taken by car in favour of active travel and public transport. This is the case for both people and for goods travelling to school.
OPAL - Lichen: The Natural Air Quality Monitor
SEPA scientists are looking at how lichen can give us a picture of air quality over a longer time period, and it’s something anyone can get involved in.