Air pollution harms the health of millions of people worldwide every year, particularly the more vulnerable members of society, such as children, older people and those with existing conditions.
So we’re encouraging local schools to take action and join us in tackling air pollution caused by idling vehicles and to help others understand what causes air pollution and the effect it has on our health.
We have branded this project 'Engine off, prevent the cough'.
Developing your project
The key to having a successful no idling project at your school is to educate students and parents about the benefits of not idling and the small things they can do to make a big difference.
With some good information you can cut idling and reduce carbon emissions at your school, improve air quality and make your school area safer and healthier!
Developing and participating in this project provides a great opportunity for pupils to explore and understand the impact vehicle emissions have on our health. Participation also seeks to:
develop skills in communication
allow pupils to learn how actions can result in positive change
inform on how we have an individual responsibility to make an active contribution
This project has been developed with P5s (Key Stage 2) in mind but any class or eco-school group can participate!
The work scheme for the project is split into 4 easy to follow lesson plans. These are downloadable as Word documents on the links below.
Together they aim to develop cross curricular skills through: language and Literacy, mathematics and numeracy, the world around us, and personal development and mutual understanding.
The project started in November 2021 and each school is encouraged to plan and run their own project. Please let us know when you are starting your project as additional marketing materials are available to use at any associated event.
Following the completing of the project you will be asked to fill out an evaluation form, and provide details of the number of pledges received and the results of the surveys.
Thank you again for participating.
This initiative is part-funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and is undertaken in joint partnership between us and Ards and North Down Borough Council.