Make Change

“A person is a person, no matter how small.”

“A little revolution now and then is a good thing.”

“The person sitting next to you could be a person too.”

The Monkey Bunch say, “Don’t Let Your Cars Idle!”

What is Idling? It sounds like something you would have on top of spaghetti, right? Actually, idling is when a car is not moving but the motor is running. It’s making yucky fumes that are bad for all of us so please don’t let your cars idle! Sometimes it is O.K. to leave your car running (when it’s extremely hot some people need air conditioning or when it’s extremely cold most people need heat) but I said sometimes and I mean rarely.

Turn off your car’s engine and breathe easier

Ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than re-starting your engine. If your vehicle is left idling for 10 minutes a day, you would use up more than 100 litres of fuel in a year. Improving air quality and saving money – that’s a combination you just can’t beat!”

Click for more information on idling from the City of Toronto.

How can you make a change?

1. You can be a hero of the earth and ask people to stop idling their cars. If your Mom and Dad or Moms, or Dads or someone else you know like to leave the car running, then this is a great chance to be a hero!

People always like to hear the word please so try this:

“Excuse me, sorry to bother you, but could you please turn off your car? OR “Excuse me, I’m an officer of the earth. Could you please turn off the car?”
(wait for the car to turn off) “Thank you! That really means a lot to me.”

(Don’t ever talk to someone you don’t know without your Moms or Dads there.)

2. Practice by playing our Don’t Let Your Cars Idle game.

3. Print out this sheet of idling tickets on yellow paper, cut them out and keep them in your knapsack…. just in case!

Congratulations! You have just been a hero and an officer of the earth! Now you can start a “no idling” campaign at your school so that people don’t sit in running cars when they are picking up kids.

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