Being environmentally is very important, and we should take steps to do our part in conserving what we have been given. Stewardship of the entire world should be an important part of our life while we live. The most simple, and often the best, way to start on your journey as an environmentally friendly person is to begin paying attention to the small things in our lives.
Last time, in Part 1, we covered the importance of conserving water, and some ideas on how to cut down on water usage. Here, in Part 2, let us take a look at one driving, for work and for recreation in today’s Western world.
In most United States cities, people drive their own vehicle wherever they want to go, whenever they want to. Public transportation is often ignored, unless you happen to live in a larger city. Even still, the general public doesn’t seem to utilize our nation’s public transportation systems anywhere as much as some other modern countries. Our vehicle emissions are a significant polluter in today’s world, and we should keep this in mind when we plan our day out. First off, if it is possible, try to use busses, subways, and other forms of mass transit, or carpool with friends.
It will help the environment, and it will save money, especially with today’s high gas prices! Secondly, if you have to drive, try to plan out your daily activities/drives in a way to maximize fuel efficiency and usage. Avoid unneeded accelerating, aka ‘rabbit starts’, and make sure to break well ahead of stoplights, avoiding the ‘rabbit stops.’ This will help save gas, thereby cutting down on emissions and on money spent on gas.
I can’t stress how important it is to try and use public transportation. It’s far cheaper than paying for your own gas and it much more environmentally friendly. Some people may avoid such methods of travel because they fear sitting next to those who often use these methods of transportation. My advice? Step off of your high horse! Perhaps as Americans, we have almost developed a ‘caste’ system in our transportation means. I’m not faulting anyone for driving themselves, for I do the same thing too, but we all need to be more flexible in our methods of transportation.
When planning vacations that require long drives, use a variety of tools to find the most safe and most efficient way to reach your destination. Use online free tools like MapQuest or Google Earth to help you out in your planning. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has good maps that I’ve used before, and are an asset in planning as well. The Internet is an invaluable resource for these sorts of trips, as the plethora of travel advice and assistance can be a big time saver.
Hopefully, these ideas and tips will help you in your quest to be more environmentally friendly, and will help save a few (or more!) dollars while you are at it. Try driving less and using public transportation more. Try being more ‘green.’