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What can we do about Air Pollution?


Although our air quality in Scotland is relatively good, when compared with other areas of the world, there is still room to make it even better.

Greening Our Towns and Cities

Planting more trees and creating green spaces can help remove certain pollutants from our air such as ozone, nitrogen dioxide, fine particles and carbon dioxide. Not only does this help improve air quality but it also contributes to reducing the greenhouse gasses that cause climate change.

You could help create green spaces by planting a window box, growing your own fruit and vegetables, volunteering to help look after your school or community garden or taking part in volunteering with local park rangers.


Educating people about air pollution is an incredibly important way of reducing improving the quality of our air. Even small changes to our day to day lives can make a big difference to the quality of the air we breathe.

Think about passing on some advice or information you have learned so far about air pollution. Part of passing the message on might involve your school or community group taking part in one of the following activities:

  • Create a display within your school
  • Design a leaflet with action points to give to pupils and parents
  • Create a podcast
  • Star in your own advert
  • Design posters to put up informing people of what they can do to help
  • Deliver a lesson or presentation to others
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