There are many different measures that we all can take to reduce global warming, however the most popular method that we can do this is to take public transportation. Stepping out of your personal vehicle, and stepping onto a means of transportation that is public based is a wonderful way to reduce emissions, reduce your carbon footprint, and enhance the overall air quality of your community. Here, you will learn more about this particular issue, and how you can make a difference in the world.
In recent studies, conclusive evidence indicates that transportation by way of personal vehicles accounts for well over one fourth of all of the emissions of carbon dioxide in the country today. However, public transportation has resulted in many different types of savings. These savings include just over one billion gallons of fuel, as well as one and a half million tons of the dangerous emissions of carbon dioxide on a yearly basis. Unfortunately, not everyone uses transportation that is public based. Still, nearly 90% of all transportation is done by way of personal vehicles.
There are several different advantages and disadvantages associated with public transportation. The disadvantages include that of having to operate transportation from one location to another location on a schedule, and the next disadvantage includes having to commute with individuals that you may or may not know. However, the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages in many ways! The following represents some of the “pros” associated with public transportation:
1. Safety has said to be increased when an individual elects to engage in modes of public transportation rather than personal vehicles.
2. The amount of energy that we depend on as a nation from other countries is drastically reduced when an individual elects to use public transportation. Estimates indicate that if one person out of an average of ten would choose to go from one place to another by the means of public transportation the United States dependence on oil resources could decrease at the rate of at least 40%.
3. If a person chooses to go by way of public transportation, rather than by personal vehicle, that person could save up to about $7,000.00 annually due to the fact that fuel usage would decrease, and the need to regularly maintain the vehicle would be eliminated.
4. The amount of emissions and other types of carbon dioxide pollutants being released in the atmosphere annually would be reduced by several billion tons!
As you can see here, there are many different advantages to implementing the use of public transportation. There are many different means of travel when it comes to public units. You may travel by bus, ferry, taxi, subway, and several other different ways. If you are looking for a cost effective way to travel to and from work, social functions, school, or just to visit with others, this may be a great solution for you. If you want to travel “Green”, and reduce the carbon footprint that you leave behind, then public transportation is definitely the answer!
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