The Challenge: Drive Less
In the United States, so-called “light duty” vehicles are responsible for more than 15% of annual emissions of greenhouse gases. More than 1 billion motor vehicles exist worldwide. By 2035, there will be more than 2 billion. And while people are shifting to electric and hybrid cars, 97% of the world’s cars still contain just internal combustions engines. Despite the growth in car-pooling, car sharing, telecommuting, and transit, cars are not going away.*
Though we can’t avoid traveling in our standard urban lives – we can make better travel decisions.
To avoid taking the car, use public transport for long distances and bikes or your feet for shorter hauls! Allow for extra time in your schedule to manage the shift!
If you have a bicycle, you’re perfectly placed to ace this resolution. Whether it’s biking to work or running errands, meeting friends or exploring the city… take up this month’s sustainability challenge to make the bicycle your go-to choice of transportation in September.
Bonus: you also get fitter in time for end-of-year festivities!
*Hawken, P. (2017). Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. Penguin Books.