Ten years ago, my niece came to my mountain home and announced her class was campaigning to stop the dirty old school buses from idling at her Morningside school. She talked expertly about carbon footprints, asthma, and PM 2.5. I was getting my first education on the dire effects of idling from a nine year old activist. Over the last year, I would say I have become an Idle. My college kids call me the Idle Free Fairy, passing out Idle Free stickers and knocking on idling car windows and asking, reminding, and sometimes retreating from annoyed drivers.
There is almost no reason to idle for while parking, there are exceptions, but there are even better solutions. Each year American’s burn over 6 million gallons of gas going nowhere—they are simply idling. Estimates in Utah say that ¼ of our emissions are a result of idling. If you can see something coming out of the tail pipe, its particulate matter and it’s dangerous, especially to developing lungs and vulnerable populations.PM2.5, the tiny particles you can’t often see, lodges in the lungs and crosses the blood barrier.
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