Action with middle school pupils from Linslade School

June 21 2021

Stop idling engines”,  Linslade School pupils   will  speak through their art   and join forces with the community to improve air quality.

Linslade School pupils have been expressing their concerns about idling engines  and air pollution through their art and will be showing their  pictures outside the school on Tuesday 22nd June to encourage parents and residents not to leave their engines idling and creating a pollution hotspot in Mentmore Road, Linslade .

Following the lead of the RAC who are urging drivers to  turn off their engines by schools, (1)  Linslade School has joined forces with the community group South Bedfordshire Friends of the  Earth  who will be asking parents  not to leave their engines idling to  help the air quality for   children and local residents. The children from Linslade School  will be  speaking through their art holding up their posters  while members of South Beds Friends of the Earth will  be making the drivers aware of the issues of air pollution  that leaving the engine idling creates significantly higher levels of pollution inside the car than outside. Toxic chemicals from vehicle exhausts can pass straight through a vehicle’s air filter and build up inside the vehicle.

Mark Gibbs of Linslade School says “We are delighted that our EPIC learners will be supporting this environmental initiative through their cross-curricular Art project. Clearly this is an important issue and one which affects us all. Linslade Learners are always looking for ways to positively impact their local community as they develop into leaders of tomorrow.”

Roy Walker of South Beds Friends of the Earth  said “It is important that we stop idling engines, particularly outside schools, as studies have shown this type of pollution to be especially damaging to children’s development and especially to their lungs.  In just one  minute , an idling car produces enough exhaust emissions to fill 150 balloons with harmful chemicals, including cyanide, NOx and PM2.5. So please remember; turn it off when you park.”

A study by Enviro Technology from 2016 found that levels of nitrogen dioxide were on average 21% higher inside their test vehicle with the windows shut than on the road outside. (3)

Furthermore the Healthy Air Campaign, working with King’s College London, Camden Council and London cyclist, Vivienne Westwood, found that a car driver was exposed to more than twice the amount of air pollution as a person walking the same route (4)

The Royal College of Physicians estimate that 40,000 deaths a year in the UK are linked to air pollution, with idling engines being a contributing factor.  (5) A London Coroner this year announced that air pollution was a material considerations in the death of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah’s age 9.

References:

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/emissions/idling/

Information from the government, which is where we found the information that an idling engine can produce enough toxic emissions to fill 150 balloons: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/idling-drivers-could-face-higher-fines-under-new-government-crackdown

Envirotech: https://airqualitynews.com/2016/02/16/higher-air-pollution-health-risk-inside-car-study-finds/

https://www.healthyair.org.uk/healthiest-transport-option-video/.

Royal College of Physicians: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/every-breath-we-take-lifelong-impact-air-pollution

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-56801794