Like a lot of parents, I worry about keeping my child safe and making sure she eats enough vegetables. But I hadn’t really thought about air pollution until last February. That’s when The UPS Foundation announced a grant to help take the Clean Air Campaign’s No-Idling initiative nationwide.
Why should you care? Well, consider these facts:
• Unlike adults, children’s lungs are still in development
• On average, they breathe 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults
• Children are closer to the ground, which means they’re also closer to tailpipes
My child’s school can have up to 20 cars waiting in line after school. With all those engines running, that’s a lot of pollution being pumped into the air.
At the start of school in August, I launched a no-idling campaign. Free materials, including school signs, pledge cards and flyers were provided by The Clean Air Campaign (in partnership with Earthday Network). Parent volunteers signed up to help at the PTA meeting.
Our school’s pre-campaign survey showed 80% of cars idled during afternoon pickup. We hope to make a big dent in that number when we conduct our follow-up survey.
Here’s a video from the school’s campaign launch:
Want to start a no-idling campaign? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for tips and materials. I’ll provide an update on campaign results at my child’s school next month.
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