Alternative Transportation and the Environment
Emissions from a single car aren’t that significant. But when you multiply that by the millions of cars that travel our roads each day, the automobile adds up to be the single greatest polluter of many cities across the U.S.
There is no issue more critical to our environment than transportation. Pollutants from automobile emissions cause problems from smog to global warming. It’s an issue that affects our natural resources, our public health, our economy and our national security.
Successfully meeting these challenges will depend on adapting our driving habits and practicing smart, sustainable alternatives to driving alone. Carpooling, using public transit, biking and walking are all ways we can help make the environment better.
What You Can Do
Help reduce pollution by avoiding unnecessary driving. Consolidating trips, telecommuting, carpooling, using public transit, and choosing clean transportation alternatives such as biking and walking are all ways you can make a positive impact on the environment and public health.
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Traveling Green FactTransportation accounts for more than 28 percent of our country’s energy consumption and more than 25 percent of its air pollution.