Today is Earth Day and there is no better day to reflect on how we can be kinder to our home.
Fossil fuels pollute the air
It doesn’t take a scientist to know that vehicles pollute the air we breathe. Toronto air stinks of exhaust fumes, even when smog is not visible.
What scientists do tell us is that fossil fuel combustion contributes to the creation of greenhouse gasses and climate change. Clearly, we need renewable energy sources to become the norm if we want to slow down global warming.
Walking is clean transportation
But in the meantime, walking more is one of the kindest things we can do. Walking and running are the only forms of active transportation that truly do no harm, as they require no special equipment.
How to walk more?
An easy way to increase walking is to make it a regular part of your day. For me, walking to work is the best way to do this, but I also:
- Do errands on foot
- Take a walking lunch break on work days
- Relax in the evening after dinner with a walk in my neighbourhood
Walking and Your Carbon Footprint has some great ideas to get you started.
Your carbon footprint: It adds up
We create CO2 emissions by going about our everyday activities even if we don’t drive. For example, we use electricity every day. You can calculate your carbon footprint and offset your emissions in various ways. Tree Canada’s online calculator will help you “grow clean air” with tree plantings. The David Suzuki Foundation gives helpful tips on reducing your carbon footprint.