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Thousands of toy cars highlight pollution in Bath

Joanna Wright and just some of the toy cars she is using to illustrate Bath's problem with pollution. Credit: ITV West Country

Joanna Wright is a woman with a mission - reducing pollution in Bath. The city is one of the worst areas in the country for air pollution and fumes from cars are often above legal limits in a number of areas.

The environmental campaigner from Larkhall has been collecting thousands of toy cars to highlight the scale of the problem, particularly for children during the school run.

Between the ages of 0 and 18 there are more than 25,000 young people moving around this city every day.

Can you imagine what that would look like if they all decided to get in a car and drive?

A large number of them do because their parents drive them to school and then their parents drive them home and then they collect them. So that's four journeys in any one day that are taking place for one child.

We need to really think about how we shift that population out of a car and using independent travel to and from school.

And if we can make that change in our young people hopefully we can create a more vibrant and successful city for everybody else.

– Joanna Wright, Transition Bath

Joanna Wright set herself the task of collecting 25,000 toy cars to illustrate the problem and get people to think again about the school run and the way it contributes to Bath's air pollution. While she only managed to amass some 4,000 of the little vehicles they still make an impressive sight.

Her installation "We live within the sky, not beneath it" is on show in Milsom Place until 10 June 2018.

Credit: Joanna Wright
Credit: Joanna Wright
Credit: Joanna Wright
Credit: Joanna Wright
Credit: Joanna Wright