Drivers urged to switch off and breathe by pupils
A motor engine idling for just one minute creates enough toxic exhaust to fill 150 balloons, so Duns Market Square was festooned with 150 green balloons after the school liaised with Greener Duns to create eye-catching posters and banners illustrating the ‘Switch Off and Breathe’ and ‘Don’t Pollute’ messages.
The colourful protest certainly gave motorists something to think about.
Pollutants from motor engines are linked to a range of health issues, including heart disease, lung cancer, respiratory problems, allergies and skin irritations.
As Eloner Crawford of Greener Duns put it, “Switching off your engine when you’re stopped cuts pollution, saves money and, most importantly, can help to save lives.”