Green Consumer: On the road
As a person and consumer you have the power to do something about climate change. Never forget or think otherwise. Sure you may wonder how much youâ€™ll actually help by replacing your CFLs, recycling etc but in the end all small things path up to something bigger and more meaningful, especially when many join in.
This is part two of a series of posts explaining and giving advice on what you can do to combat climate change from your home, in the store, when you travel and on your spare time. All the things listed are easy to do, some things will take a little longer, but most of them will help save you money (besides all the positive effects on our earth).
Ditch the car
Leave your gas-guzzling car home. Instead you should take the bike, walk or use public transport on your way to work. If you choose the bike or the walk option you wonâ€™t need to buy an expensive gym card. If you choose public transportation you can spend the time (when someone else is doing the work driving) by doing something useful, like your homeworkâ€™s, reading a book or just take a quick nap.
Sharing is Caring!
If you have to use your car use a car pool instead. Don't forget to change driver now and then so no one feels bad. Think about all the new friends you will make and all neighbours you will â€œfinallyâ€ get to know better.
A car wonâ€™t make anything bigger (except your CO2 emissions)
If you rarely use a car donâ€™t buy one. Rent a car when you need one instead. If you must have a car buy a â€œgreenâ€ car that is smaller and uses less fuel.
Maybe a course in eco-driving could be something for you? When possible try to lower your speed and try to drive as smoothly as possible.
Shut it off and feel all warm insideâ€¦
Shut off your air conditioner when you donâ€™t need it. You will save fuel and your car will be much faster if itâ€™s turned off.
Wash it rarely and properly
Is your car really that dirty? An ordinary carwash releases about 400 litres of water polluted with all kinds of bad things.
Just say NO
Avoid taking the plane, anywhere, especially when you are only going to travel nationally. Instead you should take the train, boat or even the car before you think of taking the plane.
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