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Volunteers wanted for Idling Action events in the borough

16 February 2022

Richmond Council’s Air Quality Team have started running idling action events again and we are looking for resident volunteers. Would you like to help us to reduce air pollution in our borough?

The next event is scheduled for the late afternoon on Tuesday 22 February 2022 in Mortlake/Sheen.A large proportion of air pollution in London is from traffic and idling vehicle engines are often an unnecessary source of pollutants. Air pollution affects the health of everybody, but especially younger and older people, as well as those with health conditions such as asthma, lung or heart disease.You can find more information on the Engine Idling page of the Council website. The Idling Action events involve pairs of volunteers approaching stationary vehicles at our chosen location and politely asking drivers to switch off. Volunteers explain that we are doing this to reduce the localised air pollution created by traffic to help protect the health of residents. We do some myth busting about idling and many drivers are surprised to learn that the air pollution inside their vehicle is probably much higher than outside – especially if they and other cars are idling.If you are able to volunteer on 22 February, please contact the Air Quality Team before Monday 21 February for more details by emailing gia.pendred@merton.gov.ukVolunteers are provided with everything they need for the event and there is a training video and volunteer pack to inform you about idling and its impacts.

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