'A footprint means pressing down and global means world, so 'global footprint' means pressing down on the world and we don't want to press too hard' (child's definition of a Global Footprint)
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Putting your foot down...

on the pavement and the pedal, not the accelerator!

Transport is an issue where active global citizenship can make a big difference. Firstly we all need to lead by example: two feet good, four wheels bad, but wings are worst of all!  We need to walk and cycle short journeys; use public transport rather than the car; and enjoy holidaying at home or taking fewer holidays abroad that involve flying.

Then we need to put the pressure on. We can encourage our families, schools and local authorities to take action to reduce the transport footprint; we can lobby our local and national governments to make decisions in favour of the environment and the poorest when it comes to transport and if all else fails we can put our foot down by joining in demonstrations against airport expansions and road widening schemes for example.

Most children still walk to school, but the proportion of children doing so in the UK is in decline?

Most children aged 5-10 still walk to school, but the numbers have reduced from 67% in 1985 to 56% per cent in 2000. Also, fewer and fewer children now walk to school without an adult. But, the majority of primary school children live less than a mile from their school. So, why do less and less children walk to school? Here are some of the reasons often given for not walking to school; if you do not walk to school, see which are reasons for you not doing so. Are there other reasons not listed?

  • Increased road traffic, so worries about the dangers of walking
  • Attending a school that is too far away to walk to
  • It’s too easy to jump into a car (perhaps because there is more than one car in the family)
  • Parents drive to work so give provide a lift on their way
  • Fear of ‘strangers’ (usually by parents)
  • Laziness

But there are many good reasons to walk to school

  • It provides opportunities to socialise with friends
  • It allows you to get to know and be really in touch with your local community and environment
  • It is a chance to burn off some energy and get your vital fix of daily physical exercise
  • You will arrive at school more wide awake and ready to get stuck into learning!

How about encouraging your school and local authority to get involved in Walk to School Month, held in October each year?  
In 2007, 10 million children from 42 countries walked to school during Walk to School Month. For a list of fun activities that you could use in school and your local community to promote Walk to School Month and for further details see the
Walk to School website. 

PLUS: Encourage your school to adopt a School Travel Plan.
These plans aims to make the journey to and from school safer and encourage the use of feet and bikes! They also aim to reduce the number of cars being used on the school run. See the following links for further details:

http://www.travelwise.org.uk/default.asp?p=14

http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/index.php?p=194