My Hero to Zero Emission Miles Challenge – by Ben Fogle

Today is a pretty exciting day for both me and the Go Ultra Low campaign, as we’re launching a brand-new competition for school children to get involved in

My Hero to Zero Emission Miles Challenge encourages primary school children between the ages of 7 and 11, to count the number of zero emission miles they travel over a seven-day period. They can do this by walking, cycling, scooting, taking public transport, or even travelling in an electric car. Each mode of transport has points associated with it, with the cleanest getting the most points, and the pupil with the highest score at the end of the week will win some great prizes for both themselves and their school.

I’m a firm believer that small changes in our day to day lives soon add up and can have a big impact. The competition aims to draw attention to the emissions associated with different modes of transport and helps pupils understand the impact their travel habits can have on the environment.

I’ll be visiting the winning school, and will host an assembly to talk about the importance of making greener choices and how to use electric cars. I’ll also be joined by a special EV engineer, who will reveal how electric cars are built and designed.

The lucky pupil with the highest individual score will receive two tickets to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in London in 2020 where they will be able to see electric cars racing against each other, and they’ll get an electric car for them and their family to drive for a whole week.

The competition is part of a series of lessons, which focus on the idea of “going green” and will help pupils to think about how they can work together and protect the planet. Topics covered include the benefits of using low emission transport, how electric cars can improve local air quality, the benefits of renewable energy and making sustainable choices.

With government targets currently set to end the sale of conventional new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, this competition is helping younger generations understand how electric vehicles work and how they can reduce their individual carbon footprint.

We want this competition to help young people make small decisions that contribute to reducing their personal carbon footprint.

If you’re a teacher and want to take part then you can visit the National Schools Partnership where you can sign up for the competition.

If you’re a parent and want to encourage your school to take part, then please speak to your child’s teacher or school.

Good luck, and who knows, I might be coming to a school near you!