Tuesday, April 22 is Earth Day and you, like many Americans, might be at a loss about what more you can do to help the environment. You’ve installed energy-saving light bulbs, recycled, used low-flow water fixtures, turned down your thermostat and even put extra insulation in your home’s attic. What else can you do? Don’t overlooked the most effective way to protect the earth and reduce global warming: take the bus instead of driving your car!
Reduces greenhouse gas emissions: Choosing to ride the bus over driving your car saves the U.S. 4.7 billion gallons of gasoline annually and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Buses emit 80% less carbon monoxide than a car. And a single person switching to the bus can reduce annual carbon emissions by more than 4,800 pounds.
Reduces congestion: Cars now account for about 50% of air pollution nationwide. One full RFTA bus can take at least 37 single-occupancy vehicles off of Highway 82. Think about that next time you are stuck in merging traffic driving into Aspen or Glenwood Springs. Increased use of public transit eases congestion; and as a result, automobiles traveling in these same areas can achieve greater fuel efficiency.
Promotes healthy lifestyles: Public transportation creates healthier communities as riders walk and bike to and from bus stops. Communities that invest in public transportation help reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. These savings represent the beginning of public transportation’s potential contribution to national efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote energy conservation. Opting for public transit just two days out of five will cut personal greenhouse gas emissions by 25%. Public transit creates less noise and pollution, and lowers parking demands.
Switching to the bus offers an immediate alternative and results for those seeking to reduce their energy use and carbon footprints. A single commuter switching his or her commute to public transportation can reduce a household’s carbon emissions by 10%, or up to 30% if he or she eliminates a second car. When compared to other household actions that limit CO2, taking public transportation can be 10 times greater in reducing this harmful greenhouse gas.
So, if you’re looking for something to do this Earth Day, why not take the bus, walk, or ride your bike? In fact, try to do it every day rather than driving your car. It’s easily the most effective thing you can do to fight climate change and preserve our Earth’s natural beauty.
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