By contrast, there is no reason for leaving a car idling. There just isn’t. And the woman whom I accosted in front of the elementary school couldn’t come up with one. I really wanted to KNOW the reason because I didn’t WANT to judge her without understanding what she might be going through. Like the lovely yogini at the CT Shala, who burns off the cast-off fears and troubles of a group of kids by burning a rock in the flame of a candle each morning after practice. I asked, and she answered, and all was well with the world. I don’t necessarily agree that you can burn off anyone’s fears of troubles by placing a rock in a candle’s flame. But at least I understand what she’s thinking, and I wholeheartedly respect her intentions.
The epilogue to the story is really the prologue to another. I decided to channel my annoyance into action. I emailed the president of the PTA and asked her if there is a policy on idling in front of the four buildings that comprise our school district. I told her that I had seen and smelled many instances of idling and wondered what could possibly be the justification.
I received an email reply almost immediately. She told me that he has been thinking about this quite a bit, herself, and she has been trying to get the Superintendent of Schools to come up with a firm policy on it. Until then, she wants to begin to raise awareness. As such, she would like to plan a “No Idling Day” in the district, which would raise the issue among the parents and give them a chance to think about what they are doing and how it might impact the environment (as well as gas prices).
She has asked me to spearhead No Idling Day, and I said yes. We begin our planning this week.
She didn’t even ask me if I drove an SUV or live in a house that is bigger than I need or maintain a football-field-sized lawn when woodchips would be just fine. Can you imagine?