Representative Patrice Arent was inspired by Luke Parker—a student at Upland Terrace Elementary who regularly waves a sign at adults in idling cars during school pick up—to launch a campaign where the scripts are flipped and students educate adults on idling. His ingenuity in creating a way to remind people to play their part in preventing pollution reminded her that students often speak with the clearest voices, especially in issues where adults are sometimes forgetful.
Representative Arent said, “People don’t dare throw garbage out the window when their students are in the car because their kids know it is littering and it is wrong. They will call them out on it. What I am looking for is students like Luke, who are willing to create innovative ways to educate their friends and family about not idling.”
Idling is a huge issue in Utah as 57 percent of the pollutants in our air come from vehicles. To find out more about the contest, or idling in Utah, go to www.studentswhocareaboutair.com.
Utah students ages 6-10, 11-14, and 15-18 can submit creative ways to educate friends and family on the damage of idling and idling alternatives. Students can submit their essays, photos, artwork or videos to http://studentswhocareaboutair.com/submit-your-project/ . Multiple cash prizes of $50 and $100 will be awarded to winners from each age group. Submissions are conducted online with prizes to be awarded on March 10, 2014, at the State Capitol. Deadline for submissions is March 5, 2014.