Motorists reminded to turn off their engines while waiting
Rupa Huq joined the demonstration on Churchfield Road
June 15, 2023
A demonstration was held in Acton this weekend to raise awareness of the damage that idling vehicle engines can do to the environment.
Ealing Friends of the Earth was joined by the Friends of Friars Gardens, Churchfield Community Association and local MP Rupa Huq at the level crossing close to Acton Central station on Saturday (10 June).
Unlike the protests that have taken place recently by Just Stop Oil, the participants weren’t holding up traffic. That only happened as normal when the barrier was lowered. Drivers were approached and reminded to turn off their engines while waiting for the train to pass. Many had failed to spot or were ignoring the signs requesting them to do so. Drivers who had left their engines running got a leaflet while those that had switched off were offered a sweet.
The organisers say that the response from drivers was overwhelmingly positive with almost all happy to switch off their engines once the purpose of the demonstration was explained to them.
Motorists were given a leaflet explaining why they should switch off their engines
Ealing Friends of the Earth says, “Wouldn’t it be great if air pollution could just be ‘turned off’. Well sometimes it can! If you are stuck in a queue, idling your engine, then your car is pointlessly polluting the air as well as wasting fuel. And the pollution affects you as well as passers-by and local residents.
“Unfortunately, London’s air is pretty filthy, even if the pollution is not visible to the eye. The World Health Organization guidelines state that annual average concentrations of PM2.5 (particulate matter of 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter) should not exceed 5 µg/m3. We checked the level on Churchfield Road during the protest and got readings between 25 and 30 µg/m3. That’s five to six times over the WHO limit.
“Of course, not idling doesn’t stop all pollution – there’s a lot more to be done. We need to back all measures to clean up London’s toxic air ASAP. Waiting until we or loved ones develop serious lung diseases to start campaigning is not a good option.”
Nearly every motorist got the point of the demo according to the organisers
Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More
This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.
Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.
We've always done that and won't be changing, in fact we'd like to do more.
However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.
We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.
A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact email@example.com and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.
One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.
If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.
For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you'd like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.