Badgemore have teamed up with Clean Air For Henley on two fronts in the last few weeks: firstly to encourage everyone to walk to school and secondly to reduce idling (of car engines) around our town.
Today a Dispatches documentary reports on tests by King’s College London on primary school children in north London who were found to be exposed to nitrogen dioxide pollution 53 per cent higher than the legal limit.
More than 50 children at the school wore backpacks for a week containing air pollution monitors.
Pupils driven to school breathed in 30 per cent more toxic particles than those who walked. Pollution sucked into cars via ventilation systems can become trapped inside the vehicle.
The level of pollution in the classrooms fell by a quarter after £30,000 was spent installing air purifiers and also planting hedges around the boundary to trap some of the traffic pollution.
These two wonderful banners have been donated by Clean Air For Henley to remind drivers to ‘cut their engines’ whilst waiting outside school.
The children at Badgemore have discovered that an idling engine emits 20 times more pollution than one travelling at 32 mph. Idling is clearly a waste of money and results in increased risk of cancer, asthma, bronchitis and heart disease.
Let’s work together to make a difference!