Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health, and it is estimated that it contributes to around 40,000 deaths a year nationally.
Anti-idling events are behaviour change campaigns which help reduce localised air pollution caused by motorists who leave their engines running when parked. Local authorities, councillors and volunteers work to educate both motorists and pedestrians. Our approach is to invite drivers to join our campaign and switch off their engines when parked. When approached in a friendly way, it has been found that over 80% of drivers switch off when asked, and many pledge to give up the idling habit for good.
East Suffolk Council ran a series of anti-idling events at schools across the district in the lead up to Clean Air Day this year (20th June 2019). It is our intention to run further events in the 2019/20 school year.
Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer or if you would like an event at your school: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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