Not using the car so much. Every time anyone drives a car fuelled with petrol or diesel, it puts greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. And, because we use our cars so much, governments keep building new roads – often through good bits of wildlife habitat. You can be part of the solution by using alternatives to the car wherever possible.
- For one week, note down all the journeys you make, and how you make them.
- Every time your journey involves a car, think about whether there is an alternative way you could travel. Could you have walked? Could you have cycled? Could you have got a bus? Could you have shared a lift with a friend? Write down the alternatives.
- Where possible, change your habits. You probably can’t always choose how you travel, so you may need to persuade other people in your family to think about alternatives too.
- If you have to use a car, try to make sure there’s more than one passenger. If your friends are going to and from the same place, you could maybe share a lift. Remember to make sure your parent knows what you are doing.
- Think about other journeys that you have taken, or are planning, not just what you are doing in one week.
- Sometimes there really is no good alternative to using the car because the journey is too far to cycle or walk, and there is no public transport.
For more information about travelling in an environmentally friendly way, visit www.sustrans.org.uk