The County Council’s My Journey team set the challenge and asked them to produce a three-minute film on the theme of active travel and cleaning up the air that we breathe.
With the support of the BBC in judging the entries, The Hamble School was celebrated as the winner due to its strong promotion of solutions to air quality, such as creative ways to encourage people to choose a clean air route to walk and turning off idling engines.
Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “Well done to all those who took part in the film competition, and particular congratulations to The Hamble School.”
The BBC donated runners up gifts for all the schools and the fabulous first prize of a tour of the BBC South studios, Southampton when The Hamble School team will also get to sit in the directors’ gallery during the live filming of a South Today news show.
The winning film will be shown on the My Journey website on Clean Air Day today, Thursday 20 June.
Councillor Humby continued: “Everybody can have a positive influence on air quality. Simple actions such as walking to school, car-sharing or switching off idling car engines will contribute significantly to healthier air quality for all of us. Poor air quality can exacerbate existing conditions such as asthma, in both the young and old. It is important that everyone tries to do what they can to improve air quality.”
There were eight film entries in total from five schools which covered a variety of genres including using ballet dancing, Lego animation and comic acting.
The teams were asked to make the ‘solution-focused’ films about air quality that included information on:
• Making journeys more sustainable;
• Getting drivers to switch off their engines when stationary,
• Parking and Striding;
• The benefits of walking and cycling;
Councillor Steve Leggett, Southampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Green City, said: “Leaving the car at home when we can and travelling actively not only improves health and fitness but also helps reduce congestion and improve air quality making our air cleaner and greener. It’s great to see young people getting involved and thinking about this creatively.”
Clean Air Day encourages communities to take action locally as part of a UK-wide initiative to reduce air pollution.
The awareness day is aiming to spread the word nationally using the hashtag #CleanAirDay on social media.
My Journey is Southampton and Hampshire’s sustainable travel brand and is funded by the Department for Transport to encourage greater levels of walking and cycling for shorter, regular journeys.