Volunteers needed to help educate local drivers about air quality

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Volunteers are urgently needed to join a series of local ‘Idling Action’ days, educating parents, carers and motorists of the dangers to air quality when leaving their car engines idling on the school run, outside shops, at level crossings or anywhere when parked for a minute or more.

The Council has received funding from Mayor of London to join the National Idling Action campaign and hold a number of community ‘action’ events.

Volunteers will work with Council officers and local schools to engage with idling drivers and passers-by about the effects of idling cars on local air quality, particularly when parents drop their children off at school or pick them up or stop at level crossings . The volunteer teams will invite drivers to join the campaign and switch off their engines when not moving. Volunteers will receive full training.

Previous action days elsewhere in the country have shown the over 80% of drivers switch off when asked by the volunteers and most pledge to give up idling for good.

At the same time, participating schools will deliver presentations, games and activities to educate children on air quality issues.

Over the next few months, events will be held in East Sheen / Kew / Richmond and Hampton.

If you are interested in volunteering, email: Carol.Lee@richmond.gov.uk

For more information about Idling Action, go to: https://idlingaction.london/