My Journey breathes life into new Air Quality Exhibit in Winchester Science Centre

My Journey has launched a breath-taking new Air Quality Exhibit at Winchester Science Centre. The installation, which will be a permanent fixture at the centre, features a set of lungs which respond when visitors turn various dials to answer different questions. The aim is to demonstrate how air quality impacts on health and the individual measures that can be taken to improve levels of air pollution.  

The display, designed and created by model maker Clive Ramble, was launched by Councillor Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport and Councillor Eamonn Keogh, Peartree Ward Southampton. The launch was attended by pupils and teachers from Harefield Primary School and Bursledon Junior School, who have been working hard to encourage people to walk and cycle on the school run.

The launch of the exhibit comes as new research from Global Action Plan has been released demonstrating that primary schoolchildren are exposed to 30% more toxic pollution than adults while walking to school, due to their closer proximity to vehicle exhaust fumes. Even more shockingly, the 2.3 million children who are driven to school are exposed to double the amount of particulates and NOx pollution inside vehicles compared to those who walk. Encouraging people to leave their cars at home for shorter journeys - such as the walk to school - will play a vital part in reducing harmful emissions and the impact to public health.