A new competition launched by Go Ultra Low is looking to get school pupils excited about low emission travel. Schools in England and Wales can sign up to Ben Fogle’s Hero to Zero Emission Miles Challenge, counting the number of zero emission miles pupils travel over the course of a week.
All primary school age pupils between the ages of seven and eleven are eligible to take part in the challenge, which makes up part of a series of lesson plans on low emission transport.
Pupils will record the number of ‘zero emission miles’ – a mile travelled without any carbon emissions – they travel over a seven-day period. Those covered by walking, scooting, cycling, or in electric vehicles will all count.
The accompanying lessons will educate the children on how they can reduce their carbon footprint through sustainable travel. Go Ultra Low aims to see the competition highlight emissions associated with different modes of transport and encourage the pupils’ behaviour to alter to greener methods.
Entrants will be in the running for a number of prizes. The pupil with the highest number of zero emission miles will receive two tickets to the Formula E Championship round in London in 2020. They will also win an assembly for their school from an EV engineering expert and Ben Fogle, who will talk about how EVs are made and why more people are driving them.
Head of Go Ultra Low Poppy Welch, said: “As we see more and more electric vehicles on the road, it’s important that school pupils understand the environmental factors behind the switch to this technology.
“The competition will empower children to make more sustainable transport choices and appreciate the impact they make. It’s clear we are on the way towards electric mobility becoming a part of everyday life; our lesson plans and Ben Fogle’s Hero to Zero Emission Miles Challenge will help pupils to understand this shift.”
Go Ultra Low Ambassador Ben Fogle, said: “I’m a firm believer in educating children about sustainability and helping them to understand the impact of their choices.
“If we can all make small changes, they’ll add up to make a big difference. I’m proud to be a part of the competition which will help our younger generation to make greener choices and I look forward to meeting the winner at their own school.”
Those interested should visit the National Schools Partnership website for further information and to sign up for the competition.