About this activity
Suitable for primary and secondary pupils. Supports the Geography National Curriculum.
When a car engine is left running for over a minute after stopping or parking this is known as idling. Idling is common when parents/carers are picking up and dropping off their children and it can increase air pollution around the school gate.
Run an anti-idling campaign to help improve air quality around your school. Encourage parents/carers who drive to turn off their engines when they are waiting to drop off or collect their children. You can use posters, banners, a letter home, or an article in your school’s newsletter or on the website to spread the word. Ask pupils to give their parents/carers a sticker to display in their car as a pledge to turn off their engines.
You could also use the GLA Cleaner Air 4 Schools toolkit to explore the topic in more detail. The toolkit contains lesson plans and campaign ideas to use with your pupils.
This activity counts towards:
- Travel activity
How it helps
- Supports the Geography National Curriculum
- Reduces the impact on your local environment
- Encourages parental participation