Pollution and the College Environment


Hassan & Zaeem


Pollution is growing everyday and isn’t going to be stopped any time soon as we the public are responsible for pollution as well as the companies who cause pollution to help our own needs such as electricity.

Electricity can be made in different ways but some are much more dangerous than others such as conventional power stations. They burn coal so they can make water boil making steam which then makes a turbine spin so that the generator can produce electricity which travels to our houses which we then of course use to help us fulfil our daily needs.

Pollution can give you asthma or other respiratory diseases. Being near pollution for a short time doesn’t have many affects but a long period of time and constant exposure to it can lead to heart disease and other diseases.

Nitrogen dioxide sulphur dioxide and ozone can irritate the airwaves of the lungs and increase the symptoms of those suffering from lung diseases.

Carbon monoxide prevents up taking of oxygen in the blood which reduces the oxygen supplied to the heart and much more for people who have heart disease.

Moat Community College was mentioned in a Sunday Times article about pollution that said pollution levels outside the school were potentially dangerous.

Although the city council denied this to the Leicester Mercury saying that the levels measured by them were within safe levels people doubt the claim.

Air pollution levels are measured from a height that is not relevant to the actual levels experienced by children walking to school. Measurements should be taken at the roadside, at child height, and we would see the incredibly dangerous levels of pm2.5 that we are exposing our children to.Leicester Mercury comments section

The University of Leicester measured potentially harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels around the city and created a map showing the pollution.
Yellow areas (like those above Moat) have the worst pollution.

Train Engine Emissions

Pollution levels around our college have been in the news and we asked a representative of the rail company in to talk to us about what was being done to reduce the risk.