For years Enviro Girl has suffered going to get her kids from Happyland Elementary. In their mostly rural district, twenty buses line up in two rows across the length of the building belching out diesel exhaust Monday-Friday. The buses park about 4 feet apart from each other, so there is no way to get to the building without passing through a cloud of noxious gas. Most buses arrive 10-15 minutes before school lets out for the day, and the children are not released until all the buses arrive. That means some days the buses spew exhaust for up to a half hour. The smelly exhaust clings to clothes and hair. It fills the lobby. And because of the angle of the school building, the school actually blocks the west wind that might carry those fumes across the field to Chez Enviro Girl. So the cloud of toxic air settles there, immovable as a person's stance on abortion. And? Twenty rumbling diesel engines are LOUD. Really, really noisy.
Last week Enviro Girl had a laundry list of issues to take up with Happyland Elementary's principal and the buses were one of them. "Might they turn off their engines when they arrive? I understand that on the coldest days they may have to keep running, but in general can they shut them off in the interest of reducing air and noise pollution? In the interest of our children's health?"
The principal kindly agreed to bring her concerns to the top brass and her wish has been granted! She's only peeved that she didn't bring this up six years ago! But now it's fresh air and the sweet sounds of children released from school--yelling and cheering--when Enviro Girl approaches the school at 2:50 every day. So. Nice.
This just goes to show that sometimes an environmental issue can be resolved merely by politely bringing it to somebody's attention.
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