The below piece was written by the PULCHRA team in Ashbourne in Dublin.
As part of our project for PULCHRA, our Transition Year class have been monitoring air quality around ACS for 2 years now. The findings show concerning levels of nitrous dioxide both along the main road in front of the school and more worryingly in the drop-off zone or car park area immediately in front of reception. The EPA reports how dangerous air pollution is for our health, but particularly for children most notably for asthma sufferers or anyone with a heart or lung condition.
In response we are initiating a “No Idling Campaign”, within proximity to the school. When you idle your car, it means that you have stopped your car and have left the motor running. This results in both losing fuel and releasing toxic gases and fumes into the atmosphere which can damage our student’s health.
We are asking all drivers to support this campaign and protect student health. Our futures depend on it.