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What do you have feet for?

Date: 2021 23th October



  • 6-8
  • 8-10
  • 10-12

Objectives :

  • To study the different modes of transport to get to the school center.
  • To analyze the use of the private vehicle in the school center.
  • To study the damage done by private vehicle-based transport, mainly in terms of CO2 emmission.
  • To propose viable alternatives to improve the mobility of the school community, looking for more sustainable options.

Autor: Junta de Andalucía “KiotoEduca: Fichero de actividades de Sensibilización Ambiental y Propuestas Didácticas para el Desarrollo del Currículo”



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The environment bears the consequences of transport. This is becoming a deciding factor in some of the most serious and complex environmental problems that affect all of humanity, such as climate change, and it contributes significantly to the everyday impacts to the urban environment and its residents.

The environmental problems caused by transport worsen with the increase in the use of cars. Even though they have become more efficient, their number has increased so much that they are currently responsible for half the energy spending in our country. According to the 1990-2008 Inventory, road transport emits 92.315 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Recent studies estimate that 45% of car journeys are under 3 km (30 minutes on foot) and 10% of car journeys are under 500 meters (5 minutes on foot). Driving to school, work, or the shop is common, even if distances are short. This not only stops kids from walking or cycling to the school center and gaining personal independence, but it also produces small traffic jams near the school centers and produces great quantities of greenhouse gas.

The activity starts with a brainstorm about which means of transport they know. The answers are written on the board, and then from this list the modes of transport that could be used to get to school are deduced. This will be useful to introduce the topic and clear up some concepts: What are modes of transport? What is public transport and what is private transport?

Next, ask the students to locate their home in a map of the area located on the notice board of the class and ask them to also trace their daily journey to school.

The activity continues with them individually filling in the “mobility sheet”. It is a tool to reflect on their own transport habits and those of the rest of the class, as well as their differences and similarities. The last part of the sheet is a formula to calculate the amount of CO2 that is generated depending on the means of transport used during the journey to school.

Afterwards, share the results and extract conclusions from them. Add up the amount of CO2 of every person and multiply it by the number of school days in a school year.

Ask the students what other ways of reducing CO2 they can think of.


Annex 5: What do I need feet for?
How far do you travel from your home to your school center?
What modes of transport do you use?
How long does it take you to get to your school center?
Do you come across any challenges during your trip?
What do you like to do during the trip from home to school?
Emmission calculation players
Car 100 km 15 kg CO2 (per vehicle)
Motorcycle 100 km 3.5 kg CO2 (per vehicle)
Bus 100 km 6.5 kg CO2 (per person)
Train/metro 100 km 3.5 kg CO2 (per person)

These figures are estimated, and, they should be used only as a reference for any calculations that you may make. They have been put together taking into account the tables of the IDAE (Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy) and other sources.

This activity is part of the 21-22 Solidarity Campaign.