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Want to support idling action in the borough? Event volunteers needed

9 November 2022

Richmond Council's air quality team regularly run idling action events and are looking for resident volunteers. Would you like to help us to reduce air pollution in our borough?

Our next event is scheduled for late afternoon on Tuesday 15 November 2022 in Sheen Lane.

Volunteers are provided with everything they need for the event including a training video and volunteer pack beforehand to inform them about idling and its impacts.

If you are able to volunteer for this upcoming event in November, please email the air quality team by Sunday 13 November for more details. You can also email them if you are interested in future events, letting them know where in the borough you would like to take action.

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.

Find out more information about engine idling in the borough.

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.

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Updated: 9 November 2022

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