“What we have here now is ‘environmental injustice,’ and we know the science. We know the consequences. We’re letting concrete and fancy plastic overtake our slice of Eden and agro-rustic authenticity.”
Marlena Bergeron is serious about trees. A member of Friends of the Euchee Creek Greenway, she is working hard to make sure the voter-approved trail system gets built.
She is also a warrior for the environment, raising awareness about the massive clear-cutting of trees in the River Region.
“We don’t need more stuff at the expense of trees. Go tighten and liven up low traffic retail areas and huge empty parking lots of already developed places.”
Bergeron also advocates for clean air, resuing and recycling. One of her main tips for all of us who drive is to “be mindful of the idle,” from sitting in school pick-up lines, waiting in drive-thru lines, even sitting in your driveway mindlessly listening to the radio and checking texts.
An Environmental Defense Fund study shows “for every 10 minutes your engine is off, you’ll prevent one pound of carbon dioxide from being released. In New York City alone, idling cars and trucks produce 130,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year. To offset this… need to plant an area the size of Manhattan with trees every single year.”
A U.S. Department of Energy report shares these tips:
Everyone Can Contribute
Contact your local Clean Cities coalition (cleancities.energy.gov). These coalitions work to reduce petroleum use in transportation with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy.
• Talk to the principal of your child’s school to ask that antiidling signs be posted where school buses and parents’ vehicles wait.
• Work with your school board on a district-wide anti-idling campaign.
• Talk to managers of local drive-through businesses about idling’s air-quality impacts and suggest that signs be posted to remind patrons not to idle.
There are a number of ways drivers can reduce their own idling and encourage others to do the same.