Schools poster campaign encourages people to switch off their engines

Trafford Council is asking school children to get creative and design an eye-catching poster which encourages people to turn off their car engines while waiting at the school gates.

The ‘Don’t Be Idle’ poster competition is open to all primary aged children in the borough and aims to raise awareness of how making one small change can help to improve our air quality.

The competition runs until Friday 5 July with the winning design due to be announced on Friday 12 July.

The winner will receive £50 of vouchers to spend on cycling equipment plus the chance to see their poster produced professionally as part of the Council’s future green campaign.

Engine idling is where drivers leave their engine running while their vehicle isn’t moving and is a contributor towards the levels of air pollution. By not idling, drivers can help make the air healthier, save money and also help the environment.

Trafford and the other boroughs in Greater Manchester are working hard to tackle air pollution, which is damaging our health, by developing a Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.

Cllr Stephen Adshead, Lead Member for Environment, Air Quality and Climate Change and said:

Children’s health is particularly at risk from pollution because their lungs are still developing. The Council is passionate about improving air quality and road safety at our schools and will do all we can to make sure our children are breathing clean air.

I'm looking forward to seeing what ideas the children come up with.”

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Posted on Friday 28th June 2019