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Module 3 - Transport and Traffic



More traffic, more problems 

Traffic affects the climate in two main ways: by using energy and by producing gases.

Using energy:

Most vehicles use energy to move. They get energy from fuels, such as petrol or diesel. These fuels come from underground and are called fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are limited and will run out someday. Using fossil fuels also costs money and can cause conflicts.

Producing gases:

When vehicles burn fuels, they produce gases. Some of these gases are harmful and can make us sick. They are called air pollutants. Some of these gases can also make the Earth warmer than it should be. They are called greenhouse gases. The most common greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide (CO2).

1. What you can do

You might be thinking, "What can I do?" Well, you can do quite a bit to help.
In this module, you will find useful tips to use less energy for transport. You will not only make your life better but also helping protect our planet for your kids and grandchildren.

2. Walking is great!

The easiest and most natural way to move around is walking. It's healthy for us, and it doesn't harm the planet. So, if you can, walk to where you want to go. Walking is simple, and it can make a big difference. Let's find out why.

  • No pollution

When we walk, we don't need a car, and that means no pollution. Pollution makes the air dirty and harms us and the Earth. When you walk, you're not part of that problem.

  • Fresh air

When you walk, you get to breathe fresh air. Cars and trucks can make the air stinky, but walking keeps the air clean and fresh.

  • Save money

Walking is free! You don't have to pay for gas or bus tickets. It saves your money for other important things.

  • Stay healthy

Walking is like exercise. It's good for your body and your heart. It helps you stay healthy and strong. When you walk a lot you stay fit and maintain easy your body weight – or even drop body weight. And you feel god after walking. That´s great, isn´t it?

  • Reduce traffic

When more people walk, there are fewer cars on the road. That means less traffic and fewer problems for everyone.

  • Less noise

Cars and trucks can be noisy, and that can be annoying. When you walk, it's peaceful and quiet.

3. Bicycles are cool!

If walking is too far, you can try using a bicycle. When you ride a bicycle, you don't need gasoline or diesel like cars do. That means no dirty air! Bicycles keep the air clean and fresh. If it is too far to go by bicycle, maybe it is a distance which you can do with an e-bike? Sometimes this is a good solution. It needs electricity, but still doesn´t make the air dirty like a car does.

  • Save money

Bicycles don't need fuel, and they don't need bus tickets. They're like a free ride! You save your money for other fun things.

  • Stay healthy

Riding a bicycle is like exercising. It's good for your body and your health. You'll feel strong and happy.

  • Be faster

Sometimes, especially in the city, your are faster with your bicyle than with your car. You can go more direct routes and you don´t have to search for a parking space.

  • Less traffic jams

When more people ride bikes, there are fewer cars on the road. That means fewer traffic jams and less stress for everyone.

  • No noise pollution

Cars can be noisy, but bicycles are quiet and peaceful. They don't make your ears hurt. That´s really nice!

4. Buses, trams and trains are green

Sometimes, you need to go farther than you can walk or bike. That's when buses, trams and trains are useful. They use less fuel per person compared to cars, and that's better for the environment.

  • Save money

Using buses and trains can save you money because you don't have to buy gas or pay for parking. You can use that money for other things you enjoy.

  • Less traffic jams

When more people ride buses and trains, there are fewer cars on the road. That means fewer traffic jams and less stress for everyone.

Use different vehicles for your ways. For example, walk or cycle to the train station (instead of taking the car) and then take the train.

5. Share a ride

If you need a car, consider sharing it with others. This way, you reduce the number of cars on the road, and it's better for our planet. Carpooling is a good idea!

  • Less cars, less pollution

When you share a ride, there are fewer cars on the road. That's good news for the air because fewer cars mean less pollution. Sharing a ride keeps the air clean.

  • Save money

Sharing a car can save you money. You and your friends can all share the cost of petrol. You can use the saved money for other things you like.

  • Less traffic jams

When more people share rides, there are fewer cars on the road. That means fewer traffic jams and less stress for everyone.

6. Use smaller or cleaner cars

Choose smaller vehicles that use less fuel and space. Choose cleaner vehicles that use less fossil fuels or more renewable energy, such as electric cars or hybrid cars.

  • Be Smart About Your Car

If you have a car, keep it in good shape. Regular maintenance helps it run better and pollute less.

7. Be a climate-friendly driver!

  • Drive smoothly

When you drive, try to be gentle with the gas and brakes. Smooth driving uses less fuel and creates less pollution.

  • Check your tire pressure

Make sure your car's tires are properly inflated. Low tire pressure can make your car use more gas. Keeping them filled up saves fuel.

  • Don't speed

Driving too fast uses more gas. So, slow down a bit and save money and you are more relaxed, while being kind to the Earth.

  • Use air conditioning wisely

Air conditioning uses more fuel. If it's not too hot, try opening the windows instead.

  • Turn off your engine

If you're waiting for more than a minute, turn off your engine. Idling is a waste of fuel and a source of pollution.

  • Don´t go by airplane

What is the problem with airplanes?
They create a big amount of gases and pollution. And the jet trails are a big part of the blanket, which covers the earth. This blanket makes the earth warmer.
The worst flights are the short ones within Europe. Why? The plane needs lots of fuel for starting and landing. This means, it produces lots of gases for only a short flight.

8. What can you do?

If possible, try to take the train or a long distance bus for distances within Europe. You can take a train or bus which takes you to your destination during the night. You save time and you can sleep. And you travel more eco friendly. That´s good for our Earth and for you and your children and grandchildren. Tray to find out special offers! Sometimes it is really cheap!

 

Thank you for reading!!