Celebrate Earth Day every day for polar bears by taking our No Idling Challenge—and then speak up for idle-free zones in your community.
- Join an Earth Day or other green event in your community.
- When you attend—and wherever you go—don’t idle! Make a conscious effort to turn off your car engine for waits of more than 10 seconds when dropping off your passengers or waiting in line to pick them up.
- Make every day an Earth Day. Kick the idling habit and invite friends, family members, and colleagues to join you.
- Spread the word. Share our pre-made social media images on your favorite networks.
- Take it a step further by starting a No Idling Challenge at your workplace, school, or church. See our No Idling Challenge Community Action Toolkit for ideas and support materials.
Some good ways for you to stop getting so "exhausted":
- Park & Walk (Avoid drive-throughs at banks and restaurants)
- Kiss & Ride (Turn off your car while waiting to drop off or pick up children at school)
- Turn It Off (While waiting for passengers on “in & out” errands, park your car and turn off the engine)
- Don't Warm Up (Engine warm-ups of more than 10 seconds aren't necessary)
And don't forget: share photos or videos of your actions on PBI’s Save Our Sea Ice Community Page.
The Polar Bear Connection
Each year idling causes U.S. cars to burn 1.4 billion gallons of fuel. This results in 58 million tons of CO2 being released into the atmosphere.
How does this apply to polar bears? Saving energy produced by carbon-based fuels reduces our carbon emissions and can slow and even reverse global warming, which causes sea ice to melt. Polar bears require sea ice for reaching their prey. Without sea ice, polar bears can’t survive.
Idling reduces engine life by up to 20%, while stopping and restarting your engine has little impact on your car’s engine, battery, or starter.
Idling also wastes money! An idling engine can use a quarter to a half-gallon of fuel per hour, depending on size and air conditioner use. And for each gallon of gas you burn, 20 pounds of heat-trapping CO2 are released into the atmosphere.
The No Idling Challenge is part of our SOS! (Save Our Sea Ice) campaign, a series of celebrations centered around action on climate change. It begins each year on International Polar Bear Day, February 27th, and continues through Polar Bear Week in the fall—although you can take the challenges at any time.