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Volunteers wanted for Idling Action events in the borough

13 May 2022

Our air quality team are running regular idling action events again and we are looking for volunteers to help make the events a success. Would you like to help to reduce air pollution in our borough?

The next Idling Action event is scheduled to take place in the afternoon of Tuesday 24 May 2022 in Hampton Hill.

A large proportion of air pollution in London is from traffic with idling vehicle engines 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. Find out more information about engine idling.

The Idling Action events involve pairs of volunteers approaching stationary vehicles at chosen locations and politely asking drivers to switch off their engines. Volunteers explain that this is being done to reduce the localised air pollution caused by traffic in order to protect the health of residents.

Volunteers will help with 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.

Volunteers are provided with everything they need in advance of the event including training video and volunteer pack to inform you about idling and its impacts.

If you would like to volunteer for this month's event and to be kept informed about future events, please contact the air quality team by Sunday 22 May for more details.

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