Turn off your engine when stationary!
Together Southampton City Council and the Environment Centre set up a citywide behaviour change campaign that helped to reduce localised air pollution caused by motorists who leave their engines running when parked.
No-Idling Events took place across Southampton in early 2018 from February to May, when Air Quality Champions worked with local authority and project staff to educate both motorists and pedestrians. In pairs we hit the streets to engage with idling drivers and passers-by about the effects of idling on local air quality. Our approach was to invite drivers to join our campaign and switch off their engines when parked. When approached in a friendly and non-judgemental way, we found that over 80% of drivers switched off when asked by our volunteers, and many pledged to give up the idling habit for good.
One of our most important tools was a list of the truth behind leaving your car engine running when stationary – take a look here for some of the most common myths around engine idling
Whether you’re a concerned local citizen or work at a local business, if you’d like to get involved, we’d like to hear from you. Please check out our volunteer page for more information about volunteering.
If you’d like to know more about the work we’re doing to reduce air pollution in the city, please consider joining the Clean Air Network