Climate Friendly Mobility Tips
Increasing mobility actually has a major impact on our environment and on our climate. The fine dust in cities is largely due to road traffic. One of the main reasons for the ongoing climate change is traveling by plane or on a cruise ship. Because these emit large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ).
Tourists are responsible for around five percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. What to do? Is that why you should refrain from traveling? No. Of course not. Unless that’s what you really want. Otherwise, the rule of the “golden mean” helps here as well. If everyone thinks over and over again in everyday life whether and what contribution they want to make to protect the climate, a lot has already been done.
When you fly from Berlin to Gran Canaria and back, you cause around one and a half tons of carbon dioxide. That is roughly the amount produced by a person in India within a year. But it’s not just carbon dioxide that has harmful effects on the climate. At altitude, aircraft also cause other emissions that contribute to global warming. You can try to offset the negative impact of your air travel a little by adding an extra charge to your airfare for climate protection. This “voluntary compensation” is used to finance climate protection projects such as wind turbines in South Africa, a biomass power plant in India or biogas plants for dairy farmers.
Choosing the right travel destination
Before starting your journey, think about what you expect from your vacation. Should it bring relaxation or expand your cultural horizons? Would you like to pursue sporting activities during your vacation or would you rather get to know strangers and enjoy the typical local food? Perhaps it turns out that a destination close by is much closer to your expectations than a long-distance trip.
Variety instead of habit
Do you travel by plane at least once a year? Compromises also help the climate. If you went on a flight this year, you could take the train to Austria or Italy next year, for example. There are now many ways to travel to Europe in a climate-friendly way. Even when you are on holiday you can explore the area without a car. Just try it!
Climate-friendly with the car
Not everyone can and wants to do without a car in everyday life. But you can still help to protect the climate and the environment by taking cognizance of the following:
When it comes to buying a new car, watch out for consumption. Hybrid vehicles are also electric.
Do not let your car warm up; drive off immediately after starting it.
Drive with foresight, because moving off and accelerating use a lot of fuel.
Do not drive faster than 120 km / h on the motorway. This protects the environment, your wallet and is also much safer.
Climate-friendly public transport
Public transport – affectionately known as “public transport” in everyday jargon – emits only a fraction of greenhouse gases. In figures: If you only travel one kilometer by bus, you only cause half as much CO 2 as a car. With the train, it is only a third of the amount of carbon dioxide that you would generate with your car.
Climate-friendly walking and cycling
Experts have found that around 30 percent of all car journeys could be shifted to cycling. Think about it the next time you get in your car. If you make as many trips as possible by bike or on foot, you will make a significant contribution to protecting the climate. In addition, you also make an important contribution to your health.
Incidentally, walking and cycling can be perfectly combined with the use of public transport. For example, you can travel to or from the bus stop by bike or simply on foot. It is not even necessary to use your own bike. In the meantime, a well-functioning public bike rental system has been established in many major cities and is rapidly spreading to other locations.Tags: questions for climate friendly travelling
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