Idling Action

Our teams of local Air Quality Champions - concerned citizens, local business employees and project staff - receive volunteer training, where they learn all about air pollution and health, and our approach that we use when talking to drivers. You will be given tips on how to be persuasive in a short amount of time, and how to respond to drivers' possible reasons for idling. Many drivers do not realise that idling is bad for air pollution, and some believe some common 'idling myths'. Our volunteers invite drivers to become part of our campaign and improve local air quality by switching off their engines. Our approach - which is friendly, informative and non-judgemental - has a 75% success rate. 

How will I be involved in an idling event?

You will be given a pre-event briefing which will cover information about that event, a recap about our health and safety guidance, and details on when and where to meet at the end of the event. You will be given a Clean Air Champion high vis vest.

Some volunteers will then be sent out in pairs to specific zones, to find drivers who are idling and ask them to switch off. The pairs will be given a clipboard with a map showing the area to cover, and a driver interaction sheet, to record how many drivers they have spoken to, how many switched off, and any comments from the drivers.

Or you may stay and help facilitate the giant snakes and ladders game at a central hub, such as a school playground, hospital reception or public square. We encourage players to read the messages on the game as they play, so they learn about air pollution as they are having fun. And we give out leaflets and mini versions of the game to participants and passers-by.

At the end of the event, you will meet up and have a quick de-brief.

What will you get out of it?

If you want to learn some valuable behaviour change skills, and help to improve Reading's air too, this is the perfect project for you. We will provide you with:

  • Training that will arm you with air pollution facts, so that you can talk confidently to drivers.
  • Hints and tips on how to approach people and be persuasive in a short time period.
  • Skills to facilitate an educational game, which draws out the learning elements of play.

You'll be doing something very practical to significantly improve the air quality in your local area, and we hope you'll feel a sense of satisfaction having done so.  

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