Breathing in vehicle fumes is bad for you. It is particularly harmful for children. And yet, every afternoon, buses and parents’ cars spew the noxious stuff in school parking areas.
This is why the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) has started a new educational campaign: to get teachers and students to research the relevant issues, then to convince bus drivers and parents to switch off while waiting.
While I still had a petrol-operated car, I invariably switched the engine off even while waiting at a red light, and certainly if I needed to stop anywhere. This reduced my impact on the air, and saved petrol. Seems stupid to me to burn up both money and irreplaceable resources. And a stationary car is going at 0 miles to the gallon.
So, wherever you live, follow these marvellous people, and put the Idle Off Project into motion.
There is a coincidence. The AEVA member who came up with the idea of the Idle Off Project is Emma Sutcliffe. My friends know that the hero of my SF series, The Doom Healer, is Bill Sutcliffe. So, Emma and I are sort of family.