Take part in Cleaner Air Action Days

News – Friday, February 26th, 2016
Carbon Footprint

Camden Council is getting involved in an exciting new London-wide Cross River Partnership project to drive down air pollution in the borough. The Clean Air Action Fortnight will take place at the beginning of March and will focus on #noidling across London – asking drivers in local pollution hotspots to turn their engines off when stationary to reduce dirty air from their exhausts.

Cross River Partnership are looking for people to get involved in Clean Air Action Days, on 9th and 16th March. The Action Days will involve 100 Change Makers across central London targeting pollution hotspots and asking drivers to turn off their engines when parked. This will be a great chance for volunteers to have a positive impact on the important issue of air quality, making London a better and healthier place to study, live, work, and do business.

A free training session and materials will be provided in each area of Inner London. As a Change Maker, you’ll be helping to tackle a major public health issue as well as making your local environment a cleaner, healthier place to breathe, live and work.

Volunteers are being asked to attend one 2-hour training session. Training will cover: understanding London’s air quality issue and how idling contributes to the problem, how to approach and engage with drivers about idling, how to record the engagement and how to stay safe. There are 4 sessions to choose from:

Date Venue
8-10am Wednesday 2 March Mezzanine Hall, Waterloo Action Centre, 14 Baylis Road, SE1 7AA
12-2pm Wednesday 2 March Mezzanine Hall, Waterloo Action Centre, 14 Baylis Road, SE1 7AA
12-2pm Thursday 3 March Lord Mayor’s Reception Rooms, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 6QP
6-8pm  Thursday 3 March Lord Mayor’s Reception Rooms, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 6QP

Training sessions will be delivered by the environmental behaviour change organisation Global Action Plan and will cover: understanding of the air quality issue, how to approach and engage with drivers (including practice role plays of certain situations), how to record the engagement and a health and safety briefing.

Once trained, volunteers would need to commit to a minimum of two-hours of action on the morning of one or both of the Clean Air Action Days (9th and 16th March). This would involve being paired up with another Change Maker and engaging with drivers in identified pollution hotspots and either thanking them for having their engines off or asking idlers to switch off – and provide them with information flyers and incentives. A snack and hot drink would be provided to volunteers on the day.

This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses, green teams, local volunteers to make an difference on an important local issue and be part of a wider Clean Air Action Fortnight, which is aiming to communicate anti-idling message to 4 million Londoners.

If you’re interested in getting involved, email adam.webber@camden.gov.uk