I came across this interesting article from Canada and it made me wonder: Are any of you interested in car-free or car-light living mainly or partially because you are concerned about the environment? I know it is one of the principal reasons I decided to go car-free but, surprisingly, it is rarely mentioned in this sub-forum. I am aware that there are other great reasons for cycling, walking and using public transport, but I wonder if I am the only one here that cares about the effects so many cars are having on the air we breathe and on catastrophic climate change. Any tree huggers around here? I would love to hear from you in this thread.
When you choose to walk or cycle instead of driving, you help to reduce pollution in the environment.
Active transportation, such as walking, cycling, in-line skating or skateboarding, is a great way to reduce greenhouse gases. These gasses harm our environment as they contribute to climate change.
According to iCANwalk's Canadian Vehicle Survey:
The average car emits 4 tonnes of carbon dioxide in a year.
Vehicles contribute to about 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.
We would save about 3.8 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year if every Canadian left their car at home just one day a week. This is the equivalent of taking about 800,000 cars off the road.
In addition, motor vehicles are a major source of smog, which is a mixture of air pollutants including vapours, gases and particles. Smog sometimes looks like yellowish-brown haze in the air but sometimes you cannot see it. Polluted air particles can irritate your breathing, become trapped in your lungs and cause various health problems.
Active transportation does not require fuel and does not cause air pollution. It also frees up more space on the roads, making your neighbourhoods more pleasant.
If active transportation is not an option for you, choose public transit if possible, as one fully-loaded bus can replace about 50 cars.
You can read the rest of the article here: What are the environmental benefits of walking and cycling?