Climate Action is Moving

Rachael Roberts
Hillcrest Primary School

Year 4 students have been calculating the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our travel. They have surveyed students and worked out that on average students live between 2.5-3 kilometres from the school. They have worked out that travelling to and from school in an average car creates 0.182 kg of greenhouse gas emissions.

This means that we can now calculate how much greenhouse gas emissions on average a Hillcrest PS student avoids by Walking or Wheeling to school.

On our WOW day we did a snapshot survey of classrooms from PP to Year 6 and discovered that approximately a third of the school had walked or wheeled to school that day. That is equivalent to 140 students. We know that 54 of those students came on bikes or scooters because we counted them.

So we are estimating that students avoided 140 kg of greenhouse gas emissions from participating in WOW day. Now students are keen to come up with a technological solution to record how students travel to school each day, as they come through the school gate. Watch this space!

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James (Your Move)

Thanks for the follow up details on your carbon emissions lesson Rachael. Those emission savings certainly add up when you have so many students participating - well done, 140kg is not to be sneezed at. I believe your lesson was scored as part of your story of 25 Aug (please let me know if I'm wrong!) - but all those extra details have earned you another 10 points. Whoo-hoo, I think that bumps you up now to Gold accreditation level - great stuff Hillcrest!

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