Welcome to Day 9 of my Counting Down to Earth Day 2013 challenge.
Today’s Tip: LEAVE YOUR CAR HOME ONE DAY A WEEK (or more)
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “Transportation is the largest single source of air pollution in the United States. It caused over half of the carbon monoxide, over a third of the nitrogen oxides, and almost a quarter of the hydrocarbons in our atmosphere in 2006.”
This does not mean you have to stay home.
If I don’t drive, how do I get there?
- Did you know that Google Maps allows you to get directions for walking, biking, and public transportation as well as driving?
- Many cities, Chicago, for example, have tools for planning a trip using their public transportation system.
- Let this page, composed for the City of New Haven as part of the New Haven/Léon Sister City Project’s WalkBikeTransit Campaign, serve as inspiration, wherever you happen to live.
- The City of New Haven's Smart Cycling Handbook spells out the bicyclist's rules of the road, tips for bike safety, and some of the many reasons why cycling is good for you and the planet. The information is pretty universal.
- Finally, if you are lucky enough to be a relatively short distance from where you need to go, discover the many benefits of walking, from bone strengthening to mood lifting.
Come back tomorrow for a new tip as we count down to Earth Day on April 22.
Love Your Mother (Earth). Pass it on. Together we can make a difference. Yes, we can!