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HOW TO: REDUCE CAR POLLUTION
Learn about car pollution, why alternative transportation to reduce car pollution is important, and find actionable alternative transportation and money-saving tips to reduce your eco and carbon footprints.
What is Car Pollution and Its Alternative?
When there is a mode of transportation that relies on burning fossil fuels (petroleum, coal, natural gas), it emits dangerous greenhouse gases (GHGs) – carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide – into our atmosphere producing dangerous air pollution.
Unfortunately, the most popular form of transportation is the fossil-fuel burning vehicle. In 2018, there were over 250 million registered vehicles in the U.S. alone. Vehicles of which the majority are undoubtedly running on fossil fuels that produce car pollution that negatively impacts our environment and health.
Sustainable transportation is any type of transportation (land, water, air) that does not negatively impact our environment, society or economy.
Therefore, sustainable transportation is a clean alternative to fossil-fuel transportation able to promote a healthy environment into the future. Examples of alternative transportation that is sustainable is walking, biking, or transportation that uses clean, renewable energy sources.
Why is it Important to Reduce Car Pollution?
We have based our most popular forms of transportation on fossil fuel reliance. As we know, scientist have confirmed the burning of fossil fuels and the subsequent release of greenhouse gases cause global warming. Unfortunately, terrible human health and climate change side effects are also becoming increasingly familiar.
Human health impacts are seen in the forms of cancer or increased asthma cases, to name a couple.
Climate change alone produces increased hurricane and flooding occurrences, melting ice glaciers, sea level rise, coral reef depletion, and drought, to only name a few.
The increase in human health issues cause higher medical and insurance costs, not to mention the stress and distress of taking care of failing loved ones.
The side effects from climate change also have financial, emotional and psychological impacts to humans, such as home loss, human migrations, increased dependency on bottled water, increased insurance rates, loss of businesses and income, home rebuilding costs, etc.
To recap, greenhouse gases negatively affect our environment, thereby negatively impacting our society and economy. It’s a viscous cycle that will not end until we reduce, and eventually end, our use of fossil fuels and change our current modes of transportation to cleaner, renewable forms of energy.
In that vein, it’s beneficial to take a look at what sectors produce the most greenhouse gases. The EPA chart below shows that the Transportation Sector accounted for 29% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2017.
How to Use Alternative Transportation to Reduce Car Pollution
Many benefits exist to reducing the amount of fossil fuels used, especially in the Transportation sector. The good news is that there are ways you can help now. You can individually implement methods of reducing your toxic product usage through your daily actions and through products you use.
Little to big methods of change implemented individually can culminate to major, positive results towards reducing negative impacts on our environment.
Car Pollution Reduction - Conscious Consumerism
CORR Concepts is doing the home work for you to take the guesswork out of alternative transportation options. Click the button below to be taken to the alternative transportation third-party certifier list and ever-growing list of alternative transportation options you can use to lower your eco and carbon footprints and save money.
Car Pollution Reduction - Behavior Changes
Changing your transportation habits is the other component to reducing car pollution. These habit changes can be done in different levels.
Below is a list of car pollution reduction tips – from the easiest “low hanging fruit” methods (lighter-colored boxes), to more complex or up-front-cost methods (darker-colored boxes below) – that may have long-term environmental, health and financial savings. I encourage you to review these tips, pick some to use, and take the Car Pollution Reduction Challenge below.
If you want more tips and ideas, check out the Alternative Transportation blog posts that are continually added for your convenience.
Car Pollution Reduction Tips - How and Why
Take the Car Pollution Reduction Challenge!
Take the CORR Concepts “Car Pollution Reduction Challenge” by doing:
1. For those of you who drive a combustion engine vehicle (let’s face it – that’s most of us), take the pledge to turn off your engine when your car is parked (e.g., while texting or talking on the phone). Get others to take this pledge as well!
2. Pick at least one more of the Car Pollution Reduction Initiatives and implement them into your everyday life. Periodically, go back to remeasure your Ecological and/or Carbon Footprint to see if you’ve lowered your score. Keep adding more Car Pollution Reduction Initiatives to your daily life to keep reducing your footprint(s)!
3. Share this webpage with at least one person so that the sustainability message will spread and enrich and benefit us all.