Private transport remains to be one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gases. In our car-dominated cities, we all have a responsibility to relook into our daily commute options so that we can reduce the ever-rising emission figures.
The journey to and from work are the bookends of the daily grind. But how you choose to travel to the office is one of the most significant decisions you can make in addressing climate change personally. In the UK, for instance, the transport sector is responsible for emitting more greenhouse gases than any other industry.
So, choosing greener transport means goes a long way in reducing your carbon footprint. For instance, you might consider looking at ‘cleaner’ alternatives like using public means if you often drive to work. If you have to use a car, you might consider buying a new car or even an electric vehicle.
Can you walk to work? You stand to make an immediate contribution towards reducing carbon emissions by prioritising walking more in your short street travels. The more we embrace walking, even while taking kids to school, the higher chances that this change will be sustained over time.
As you consider walking kids to school, this move will also impact a positive attitude about taking care of the environment. In addition, you should educate your kids on the benefits of walking to school, not just on the environment, but also on their health.
Cycling could be another alternative that shares many of the climate benefits of walking. This is primarily a personal issue, but it can be spearheaded through policy change. However, policy changes could also be central to this change. Ideally, when governments invest in cycling infrastructure, it becomes easy for individuals to embrace cycling.