Welcome to 52 Weeks! A weekly tip, challenge or suggestion on how to reduce your carbon footprint over the year. Some are quick and easy, some build habits towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
Starting on Earth Day, April 22nd, you will be emailed a weekly tip that gives you a challenge, or something to think about that week. It will also be posted on social media, local media pages, and here on our blog.
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This week, we’re continuing our journey into alternative transportation! We’re going to look at possibilities for walking, biking or carpooling to more places. Maybe even places we never considered before. Laurel came up with a great strategy for rethinking our driving habits.
Challenge 24: Set an active transportation or carpooling goal.
We’ve got a few options for you this week, depending on where you live.
If you live in or near a town, make yourself a deal. You set the parameters. For example, “if walking or biking would take me less than 10-15 minutes, then I’ll leave the car at home.” You can use Google Maps to plan your route, and see how long it will take you to walk or bike. It will help you decide whether or not the car leaves the driveway.
Stick to it for a week (good); continue for the next six weeks, to make it a habit (better); never go back to using the car for short trips (best).
If you live outside of a town where walking or biking is unrealistic, set a carpooling goal, like, “I will carpool one day each week”. Find carpool buddies who have the same schedule as you do.
If you are in a subdivision without a bus, call your town this week and see if you can get on a bus route. Remember, buses will be electric and emissions free in the future.
This week is short and sweet! Let us know how you did! Hopefully you can shift some of your thinking about how you get around!
Yours in sustainability, Sherri Jackson & Laurel Hood
52 Weeks of Climate Action was created by Sherri Jackson and Laurel Hood. Sherri is a writer, speaker and musician. She is the candidate of record and communications coordinator for the Simcoe-Grey Greens. Laurel Hood, is a retired secondary teacher, transportation lead for the Collingwood Climate Action Team, and volunteer coordinator for the Simcoe-Grey Greens. Visit our blog or sign up at www.52weeksofclimateaction.com.