The greenhouse gas that contributes most to climate change
is carbon dioxide. This is because many of our human activities
produce carbon dioxide (CO2) in huge quantities. For example,
every liter of gasoline we use to operate a motor emits carbon
dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere.
- Walk, cycle, in-line skate, carpool or take public transit
as an alternative to using private motor vehicles.
Driving 10% less by walking, cycling, carpooling or taking
public transit, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to
half a tonne per year, depending on the vehicle. Have fun with
your friends, and you will be getting exercise and fresh air.
No more sitting in traffic.
- Avoid using gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers and
Push mowers, rakes, and brooms save electrical or fossil
fuel energy and using your own energy is good for your
- Avoid using the air conditioner in your car, opening
the window can be very effective a lot of the time.
An air conditioner can account for as much as 1/5 of your car's
fuel consumption during stop and go traffic.
- Plan trips in advance so that errands can be combined.
Transportation is responsible for 50% of individual Canadians'
GHG emissions, and vehicle exhaust can account for up to 2/3
of smog producing pollutants.
- Ask friends and family who pick you up for a ride to
turn off the vehicle's engine when they are waiting for you.
Reduce idling - if every Canadian motorist avoided idling
their vehicles for just five minutes a day, all year, more
million tonnes of carbon dioxide would be prevented from
entering the air.
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Small actions add up to make a TONNE of difference!