59% of people in England and Wales drive or get a lift to work in a car or van; this is an overwhelming figure, considering the range of public transport that is available. Naturally, all of these vehicles on the road add to unbearable traffic on motorways and dual-carriage ways across the country, not to mention the overwhelming environmental impact.
Of course, we have all been guilty of frivolous car journeys, when we are too lazy to get the bus, or embarked on long car journeys on our own because we couldn’t be bothered to deal with increasing train prices. But there are numerous ways in which you can offset these actions and reduce the impact of your carbon footprint.
- Walking. Depending on the length of your journey, walking is the healthiest and most environmentally friendly option you could choose. A brisk walk can lower the risk of heart disease more effectively than running, and of course releases 0.0 pounds of CO2 emissions.
Generally, public transport is a great way to limit the extent of your carbon footprint. Travelling via public transportation requires less energy and produces less pollution than private vehicle travel.
- Coaches for long distance travel. If a single person who commutes alone by car switches to public transportation their annual CO2 emissions can be reduced by 4,800 lbs per year. Not to mention the cost is significantly lower. For example you can get a coach directly to London from Norwich city centre for just £5, the cost of petrol for this same journey would cost at least £40 in petrol if of you decided to drive yourself there and back. Maretts Chariots, Norwich coach hire, offer reliable services for large groups to or from Norfolk.
- Buses are often cheaper than the cost of petrol and parking, and are another way tooffset your carbon footprint. Every bus trip has the potential to keep around 50 cars off the road, which can massively reduce the air pollution, noise pollution and traffic congestion in the UK.
- Cycling can sometimes be faster than driving, plus you’ll experience a more leisurely journey in the fresh air. Bikes are extremely environmentally friendly, in the obvious sense, as they use no fuel, and in addition, they require a lot less fuel to manufacture than cars, and they do not require toxic batteries or motor oil.
So why not try and offset your carbon footprint? You never know you may really enjoy it, and pick up a new hobby along the way.