3 reasons to reduce green house gases by carpooling

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These past few years, we’ve seen how big of an impact we can have on the environment.

Unfortunately, once we’ve done damage to the Earth, there is most likely no way of erasing it.

One way we can stop damaging it is through carpooling.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the effects it has with greenhouse gases, which are gases that trap heat into the atmosphere, but I’m going to tell you how carpooling could put an end to these gases.

Importance of reducing green house gases

Every time we drive to the grocery store, to work, or just to run errands, we are filling the air with dangerous gases.  Each time we run our vehicle, they produce greenhouse gases, including methane, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide.  Once these gases have been released into the air, they build up in the atmosphere and take a toll on the environment.

Not only are we breathing these gases in regularly just by sitting in traffic with the windows down, but on an everyday basis as well.  Through driving less and carpooling more, you can help avoid these dangerous gases, save the Earth, control the climate, and reduce the side effects these gases have on our everyday health.

If you didn’t know already, greenhouse gases have gone up 17% from 1990-2007.  During that time as well, our population has grown 21%.  When you mix the two together, that means the problem is growing exponentially. I’m not sure what it will take to break our society of these bad habits, but it’s important to start with one person at a time.  It is important to see the many benefits carpooling can have.  Here are just a few other reasons to consider it.

  • Saves money: Carpooling is an excellent way to save money!  We’ve all complained about gas prices, and there isn’t much we can do besides well, quit driving!  Carpool, and save everyone that carpools along with you money.
  • Carpooling is a great way to cut gas prices: The less demand there is for something, the cheap it will become.
  • Less drilling: You can also help reduce the need for drilling in other countries.  Until experts come up with some type of new technology for our vehicles, this is the only option we have.
  • Wear and tear: Driving our vehicles everyday definitely puts wear and tear on our vehicles, especially when the climate hits one extreme.  Reduce your car, and your partner’s car by carpooling together.

Can you imagine how many cars have fumed more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in the time it has taken you to read this?  Carpooling is one of the best possible solutions to global warming, and you make a difference every time you share a ride.  It only takes one person — or one ride — at a time to make a difference.

This is a guest post written by Lauren Dzuris.  Lauren runs FindMyCarSeat, a Car Seat website that helps soon to be parents find the perfect car seat for their child, while giving them tips and advice on everything from pregnancy to caring for your baby.

This post has been syndicated by Nathan, who is the recruiting coordinator for the green building internships at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.

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