Blog Action Day: No Idle Matter

October 15, 2009 at 11:04 pm Leave a comment

Well, today is blog action day, and it is time to deliver on the ecoblog front, as promised.  Now, I don’t really want to write a boring post telling everyone that they should change their lightbulbs to compact fluorescents, or turn down their thermostat two degrees, or remember to recycle their newspapers.  I also don’t want to write a post bragging about the things that we do (yes, we recycle, compost, and turn the lights out when we leave the room).  I had planned to post about the projects around our house that we have done and plan on doing to reduce our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, but to tell the truth, today my mind is elsewhere.  And that is because I did something today that I think will make a waaayy bigger difference in the grand scheme of things than changing a lightbulb.

In the spirit of blog action day, I am going to stray a bit from my intended blog topic, and reveal a little bit about what it is that I do every day when I’m not painting cabinets or building fences.  I am…(cue drumroll)…an Idle Free Ambassador.  And what, might you ask, does and idle free ambassador do?  Well, I tell people to turn off their engines!  Ha!  Actually, I do lots of other stuff, including research and providing education and awareness about air quality, climate change, and vehicle emissions.  So every single day I’m actually doing work to help protect our earth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Today was a special day though, because today I gave my very first presentation to a classroom full of twelve year olds.

Why is this such a big deal?  Well, because kids really are the future – they are the ones who will have to grow up and deal with the problems being created today, and they are the ones with the power to change our course.  Today it was great to talk to twenty-seven kids who were receptive and enthusiastic, and that definitely gives me hope.

And while we’re on the topic, just in case you’re wondering what type of impact idling has on climate change, here are a few facts:

  • Just 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine
  • For every litre of gasoline used, 2.4 kg of carbon dioxide are produced
  • If every driver in Canada reduced idling by just 3 minutes a day, it would be equivalent to taking 320,000 cars off the road!

Food for thought.


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