My Green Life

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TRANSPORT

Most of us still use the car as our primary mode of transport. However, one-quarter of all car journeys are less than three kilometres. Car travel has a very significant environmental cost and impacts negatively on our health and wellbeing. To ride a bike the same distance uses less than one-fiftieth of the energy required to drive. Explore sustainable transport options.

EXPLORE ACTIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT

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Reduce and offset car emissions

A litre of petrol produces about 2.3 kilograms of greenhouse gases and vehicles produce more than half our air pollution. So let's use less to offset the emissions we can't avoid.

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Car pool

If you have to use the car, those regular trips to work, the market or school can be done with others and you'll have more fun, use less petrol, and save money.

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Use public transport

Buses, trains and trams all use far less resources than cars. Increased use will lead to a better service and you can read, listen and relax as you go to and fro.

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Reduce and offset air travel emissions

A return flight to Europe and back will travel over 25,000 kilometres and emit over 5,000 kilograms of greenhouse gases. So let's fly only when necessary and offset the emissions we have to have.

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Ride a bike

Stay fit, focused and firm and help save the world. Explore bike paths, cycle groups and ride any blues away.

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Buy an energy efficient car

With the emergence of peak oil and climate change as hot issues, car manufacturers have been focusing on fuel efficiency, aerodynamics, hybrid and electric technology. So when you’re next in the market for a new set of wheels, consider buying an energy efficient car.

Environment

Transport for most Australians is the motor car, the second least energy efficient of the available modes (air travel being least). It generates noise, air, water and land pollution; contributes to global warming and consumes millions of hectares of land for roads. As individuals we must understand the implications of our restlessness, start diminishing our addiction to the car, and reinvigorate our use of public transport and bikes.

Motor vehicles are responsible for much of the air pollution in our major cities. In Sydney, cars release 91 per cent of the carbon monoxide in the air, 82% of the oxides of nitrogen and 49 per cent of volatile organic compounds, such as benzene. Cars emit one-third of the dangerous tiny particles that are present in Sydney's air (CSIRO: 2000). Getting out of our cars and opting for sustainable modes of travel can help alleviate these issues.

Wellbeing

Cars emit harmful gases and chemicals into the atmosphere and are a major cause of health problems. Rethinking our transport habits can free up time, engage us with our local communities and enhance our health. If the motor car became less dominant, communities may also be a safer place and parents may be more willing to let their children out to play. Transport consumes our time. To regain this time, we need to overlay our transport time with activities that improve our wellbeing or simply move ourselves around less.