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Cloud gazing, funny faces, whistling tunes ... spot any cats?

Updated: May 21, 2021

Cats have four, beetles have six, spiders have eight – how many do you have? Can you make more use of them this week - and have some fun outdoors at the same time!

How do you get to school? It’s Walk to School week - 17th-21st May. Can you walk at least one journey that you would normally have driven (and hopefully lots more!) and then please remember to HIT THE RED BUTTON on the website to tell us?

As well as avoiding the carbon emissions and other harmful gases emitted when we drive, walking also means more time to have fun outdoors!

What sorts of fun things can you do while walking to school?

- Cloud spotting - can you see any amazing shapes or pictures? – do they stay the same or change into something else?

- Whistle & Sing – what sounds can you hear? – can you copy the birdsong or learn to whistle a tune?

- Make funny faces – find some twigs, pebbles, leaves and create some funny faces along your journey for others to find?!

If you feel like ‘waking up’ your feet before their walk to school, and you have grass in your garden, or near your home, you could consider walking barefoot through the dew?

It’s easy to get confused about climate change and air pollution because cars contribute to both. So what’s the difference?

The internal combustion engines in most cars burn fossil fuels – petrol or diesel. Car exhaust gases include water vapour, carbon dioxide, some nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and particulates (also called ‘black carbon’). It is mainly the carbon dioxide and particulates that cause climate change – these accumulate in the atmosphere trapping the sun’s warmth - like a greenhouse - leading to global average temperature increases. At the same time, the nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and particulates cause local air pollution – breathing in these invisible pollutants can be harmful to our health. Using our cars less - reducing our carbon emissions - helps us look after the health of our planet. Using our cars less - reducing air pollution - helps us look after our own health.

If all our 1,000 subscribers committed to avoid their car for a mere 5 miles this week - do you think that should be possible? ... We would have reduced our carbon emissions by 2 tonnes (2,000 kg) – and that’s just one week!

If you’d like to find out more about the clouds you see on your walk, you might like this cloud-spotting guide from the Met Office.

Remember to HIT THE RED BUTTON when you have completed this challenge - did you see any cats?!


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