It is very easy for us to just hop into our car and pop down to the local store and get a couple of items. Not a thought about fuel, pollution, or cost in maintenance and wear and tear on the car. You may be saying to yourself – boring information, I don’t have the time to even think about it. Besides it’s too far and I am always in a hurry.
With a bit of thought, just maybe, we could have ridden a bike, even walked, or got someone else to pick it up because they were passing. We can make better choices about how we can get ourselves from A to B or how often we use our vehicles.
I think I am really sowing a seed. Because maybe next time you need something from the store you might get one of the kids to go get it or even walk there yourself. Not all of you will sit up and take notice but some of you might.
Here is a few suggestions from a website called http://1millionwomen.com.au/. This wesite was started by a group of women who are intent on making the world a better place for us all. You can sign up for this website and take up the challenge and get or give some informative information.
I personally think the Women of the World have a great power to make this world a more peaceful and beautiful place to live.
Anyway back to the subject of transport. Here are a few suggestions.
GO PUBLIC When I travel to Brisbane or I am in Sydney or I am in Houston, Texas, USA and I see bumper to bumper cars in the morning and the evening going to work, I give my head a shake and think “Why” would you do it to yourself. If there was a train or public transport why wouldn’t you take it. You can sit and relax, read, dream, talk to who ever you are sitting next to, or even find romance. Anything but be stuck in traffic every day. In some cases I know that because of the time you have to be at work it may not be possible but I can’t believe that with everyone I see on the road at least half of them could have taken public transport. If I am wrong let me know.
GROUNDED Air Travel causes a great deal of pollution and is probably the least ever mentioned by those who are supposed to be concerned about pollution. I dare to say that it should be more of a concern than cars.
Anyway, if possible, instead of traveling for business use the internet or telecommunications as much a possible. They have great web seminar opportunities now where you don’t even have to leave your office.
CABLE, NOT CAR With modern telecommunications such as internet and tele-conferenceing means we can cut out many work related car trips and flights. Video conferencing has added advantage of allowing us to see all important body language and facial expressions when speaking to colleagues all around the world.
It makes economic sense when you factor in the time and travel expense. The video chat can also be a great saving with Skype and iChat. You are able to talk to family anywhere in the world and a great way to say “Hello.”
ECONOMY DRIVE Taking care of your car and keeping up with the maintanance of your vehicle. Drive at a steady pace to cut your fuel usage. If you improve your vehicle efficiency by 10% you save 300 kilograms or more of CO2 pollution each year.
FOOTLOOSE. Ride your bike as much as possible. Walk as much as possible. Walk the children to school and to the shops if possible. Walk to the gym.
All of these suggestions not only helps with your fitness it helps with your expenses as well. It gives you time to look around and enjoy the scenery, enjoy the fresh air and is good for the soul.
Because if you don’t do different nothing will change