New data shows that transportation emissions have replaced power as the top source of CO2 emissions in the USA. With billions of people driving single occupancy vehicles per day, it is no surprise to hear that transportation has become the leading source of greenhouse gasses.
The U.S. transportation sector, which includes cars, trucks, planes, trains, and boats now emits 1.9 billion tons of CO2 annually. The electric power sector emits 1.8 billion tons, an article published at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies states.*
Public awareness towards these issues has improved greatly over the past few years and we are finally beginning to understand the consequences of our actions and the impact they are having on our world. How we travel can have a direct impact on local air quality, putting our communities at risk of health issues such as asthma and cardiovascular disease. Each one of us can make a difference by reducing transportation emissions, improving the environment for all.
Earth Day is a great reason to start reducing your contribution towards transportation emissions. The first Earth Day was organized on April 22, 1970. Its mission was a call for global environmental awareness. Although it started in the United States, Earth Day has since grown into an international day, observed by nearly 175 countries worldwide. Earth Day provides the information and inspiration needed to change human attitude and behavior towards the way we treat our environment.
In honor of Earth Day April 22, 2018, here are some simple ways to go green and lower your transportation emissions:
Try an alternative transportation mode
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies are strategies that reduce single occupancy vehicles through alternative transportation options such as; public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking or working from home. You can find more information on these alternatives and more at wearetdm.com.
Think before you drive
Lowering your miles traveled by combining trips is one of the easiest ways to save time, money and emissions. If you own more than one vehicle, use the less fuel-efficient one only when you can fill it with passengers. Whenever possible, join a carpool or take public transit, or use a bike share program if offered in your area.
Invest in the right car
There is a range of different alternative fuel vehicle available today. Electric vehicles, in particular, are growing in popularity. Electric cars produce much lower global warming emissions than the average compact gasoline-powered vehicle.
These are just a few ways you can make a difference. For more information on ways, you can reduce your transportation emissions check out wearetdm.com. Interested in learning more about Earth Day and how you can celebrate? Contact Stacey at GVF firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Source: https://e360.yale.edu/digest/transportation-replaces-power-in-u-s-as-top-source-of-co2-emissions