Idling cars to be tackling by Solihull schoolkids' campaign - The Solihull Observer

Idling cars to be tackling by Solihull schoolkids' campaign

Solihull Editorial 13th Mar, 2020   0

SCHOOLKIDS across Solihull are being encouraged by the council to tackle idling cars.

The borough has launched a campaign with teachers at five schools to ‘raise awareness of the damaging effects caused by a car engine left running.’

Their ‘Engines Off: Young Lungs At Work’ campaign will see pupils run an awareness campaign to draw attention to the simple steps that can be taken to improve air quality outside schools.

Councillor Andrew Mackiewicz, Cabinet Member for climate change said: “This campaign is an excellent initiative, which will help drive down air pollution and keep the borough’s children healthier. The air children breathe now can affect their health for life, leading to an increased risk of heart disease, cancer and asthma.

“We know that engine idling dirties engines faster and uses more fuel than turning the engine off.

“This is on top of the pollution and negative effects on air quality to which children are particularly vulnerable. The ‘Engines Off’ campaign is therefore vital in helping keep our borough healthier, cleaner and greener.”

Councillors say they want an 80 per cent reduction in the number of drivers who leave their engines running through this campaign, which will lead to a significant improvement in air quality at these locations.

Mark Knowles, Headteacher at Coppice Junior School, said: “Our children and the wider school is incredibly passionate about this campaign. The health of the pupils here is our top priority and car idling is a threat to this.

“The children have been out, encouraging parents to switch off their engines and help save the planet. As part of this campaign the pupils have designed their own posters about the dangers of idling and the damage it can cause. We hope parents will listen, get involved and switch those engines off.”

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