This is a thing of beauty. It's civil. It's brief. It's persuasive. And it was just included in our school's weekly e-newsletter:
Just a reminder from the Green Team about drop offs and pick-ups. We know it’s chilly out there lately, but please remember to turn off your engine. Idling your engine causes pollution and actually wastes more gas than restarting your car. Children are particularly susceptible to harm from exhaust fumes. Check out this environmental website for more facts about idling and pollution: http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=22292.
There have been a slew of great comments from our last post concerning the persuasiveness of baby steps vs. extreme environmental lifestyles. Yet, I've often wondered if any single soul has noticed the slightly hidden sign that's posted by our school's parking lot:
Irregardless, the baby step approach wins, hands down.
Contrast with my fantasy extreme approach: Picture me or any gung-ho environmental parent walking around a school parking lot, rapping on the windshields of cars that continue to idle with a flag that says "STOP IDLING YOUR FREAKING CAR, ALREADY!" Can you just imagine? That will only offend and anger people. Heck, that might even motivate people to sit there and just rev their engines all day long!
So, if you're hoping to lessen the impact of idling at your school, I suggest you first try asking your school principal if the above paragraph (or something similar) can be included in your school's newsletter. It's guaranteed to be more effective than bonking windshields.