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Commit

Join us in celebrating Earth Day, April 22nd, by taking our No Idling Challenge. And then make every day a polar bear day by pledging to one or more actions below.

Today I commit to:

  • I committed to Turn off my vehicle's engine for waits longer than 10 seconds
  • In the U.S. alone, idling engines release about 58 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, with no transportation benefit. What’s more, idling is hard on your engine, reducing its life by about 20%.

     

  • I committed to Park & walk inside instead of using drive-thrus
  • Why waste gas and cause needless emissions? For every two minutes an average vehicle idles, it burns the amount of fuel needed to drive one mile.

  • I committed to Stop warming my vehicle's engine before driving
  • Modern engines don’t need to be warmed before driving, even in cold weather—a few seconds is enough.

  • I committed to Help educate others about the benefits of no idling
  • Many people are in the habit of idling their vehicles with no knowledge of the benefits from turning off their engines while waiting. These include healthier air, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, lower fuel costs, and longer engine life. 

     

  • I committed to Work to establish a no idle zone at my workplace, school, or church
  • Use our No Idling Challenge: A Community Action Toolkit for ideas and resources.

  • I committed to Invite friends & family members to join me in this action
  • Scale up! The more people who commit to the No Idling Challenge, the less fuel we'll waste--and the less COwe'll pump into the atmosphere. You can help make no idling the norm by encouraging your social network to join you in this effort.

  • I committed to Write a letter to the editor to encourage others to stop idling
  • The Environmental Defense Fund website has some good bullet points on the benefits that you can use.

  • I committed to Contact my representatives in support of no idling legislation
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    A growing number of cities, states, and provinces have started to enact No Idling legislation. Let your officials know that you support such laws. In the U.S., visit USA.gov; in Canada and the European Union, see Contact Elected Officials. 

Share

Show how you’re doing your part to help polar bears! Share photos of your actions on Instagram or our Facebook wall with the hashtag #saveourseaice and we'll add them to our gallery. 

Polar Bear TV

Polar Bear TV

Join us for our next Tundra Connections broadcasts in the fall.

Until then, enjoy replays from last year's polar bear migration.

And don't forget: make a pledge to help the bears in our Commit List above and share a photo of your actions in our gallery.

Next Tundra Connection Webcast:

Miss our Spring series? Watch the archives here. And check back for more great Tundra Connections webcasts this fall. 

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