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:
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%.
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.
Modern engines don’t need to be warmed before driving, even in cold weather—a few seconds is enough.
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.
Use our No Idling Challenge: A Community Action Toolkit for ideas and resources.
Scale up! The more people who commit to the No Idling Challenge, the less fuel we'll waste--and the less CO2 we'll pump into the atmosphere. You can help make no idling the norm by encouraging your social network to join you in this effort.
The Environmental Defense Fund website has some good bullet points on the benefits that you can use.
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.
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.