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 by greening your driving habits and keeping your vehicle well maintained.
- Take it a step further by speaking up for No Idle Zones in your community—or start a campaign to establish one yourself at your workplace, school, or church with our No IdlingToolkit.
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)
And don't forget: share photos or videos of your actions in PBI’s My Planet, My Part gallery.
The Polar Bear Connection
Transportation accounts for 27% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and 70% of the oil used. Half of those emissions comes from cars, minivans, and light-duty trucks. Of that, a surprising percentage comes from idling engines that provide no transportation benefit.
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.
Did You Know?
Idling can use a quarter to a half-gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner use. And for each gallon of gas you burn, 20 pounds of heat-trapping CO2 is released into the atmosphere.
The No Idling Challenge is part of our SOS! (Save Our Sea Ice) campaign, a series of Earth Awareness Celebrations centered around energy-saving efforts and action on climate change. The campaign 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. Visit our SOS! page for more ideas and resources.