How can you become more sustainable in your everyday life? Click on any section to find out how you can be more sustainable in that category.
Transportation contributes to 15% of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. With the increase of people driving personal vehicles instead of relying on public transportation, there has been a substantial increase in emissions since 1990. This section encourages you to analyze your transportation habits and provide you possible alternatives in order to increase your sustainability.
1. Drive Less
- - The less you drive, the better! Driving releases CO₂, a greenhouse gas, which builds up in earth's atmosphere and traps sunlight bouncing off the earth's surface. By trapping in this light, the atmosphere begins to heat up, resulting in global warming.
- More driving also means more gas, which is an energy-intensive process. When you do drive, try using apps like Waze or Google Maps to find the fastest route.
2. Take Non-Stop Flights
- The airplane uses the most fuel during takeoff and landing. This means that by reducing the number of flights per single journey, you are also reducing carbon emissions.
- If your destination does not offer direct flights, consider driving or taking an alternative mode of transportation for part of the journey.
3. Fly Economy & Pack Light
- Flying economy is one way to reduce carbon emissions. Economy has more people per m² so the total emissions of the plane are less per person.
- Additionally, packing light allows the plane to weigh less, allowing it to use less fuel.
- Carpooling is an easy way to decrease carbon emissions without sacrificing comfort when going for a drive.
- Carpooling with friends or coworkers splits up the same amount of fuel and exhaust with more people.
5. Use Alternative Modes of Transportation
- Depending on your destination, walking, biking, roller skating, etc. are all ways to get around without any direct carbon emissions.
- Additionally, when looking for activities to do with friends, consider places where driving is not necessary.
- Other modes of traveling include motorized transportation (scooters, skateboards, etc.) that are rechargeable and do not require fossil fuels to run.
6. Take Care of Your Car
- The process of producing a car for consumers is an energy and waste heavy process. Many of the materials needed to make a car, such as steel, cannot be harvested and must be made. The process going into making each material uses substantial energy and creates waste.
- By taking care of your car and not buying a new one every couple of years, you cut down on emissions being released from the car-making process. When you do buy a car, consider buying a pre-owned and/or a hybrid or electric car to lessen carbon emissions.