'Let the Earth Breathe': Reducing Public Transport

Why does high car usage affect the Earth?

Cities like London, Tokyo and Delhi are known to be packed with cars. The environmental impact of cars is that they consume a lot of energy- automotive production leaves a giant footprint. This is caused by materials like steel, rubber, glass, plastics, paints that are all used to create a new vehicle that is ready to become road worthy.

To allow the Earth to Breathe, the quality of air has been to be crispy clean- in other words, air quality is a major factor in this. ‘America is known to be the biggest air quality compromises, in which they are producing one-third of all US air pollution.

Toxins such smog or carbon monoxide help in creating a polluted environment that also creates health issues for individuals,

Why is Public Transport a better solution?

Public Transportation systems include a variety of transit options such as buses, light rail, and subway. These systems are available to the public, may require a fare, and run at scheduled times. The use of public transport empowers the use of car usage in regard to helping the environment as it provides a cost- effective way to tackle climate change. The number of passengers for buses in England by the end of September 2021 was 2.21 billion. The number of passengers for rail usage in England by the end of December was 285 million.

Public Transportation associates itself with the reduction in health risk factors like: motor vehicle crashes, air pollution and physical inactivity. With more people using public transportation rather than their own vehicle, it helps with maintaining less additional vehicles on the road. With less vehicles, it makes it more accessible for people to walk- when children must go to school, it would be better to walk if it is a short distance or use the school bus. By taking up little space, it enables efficient traffic flow for larger vehicles that do not require unnecessary journeys. Enabling efficient traffic flow, there is an improvement with the reduction of fuel waste and emissions that are processed through traffic rush. An additional bonus would be that “public transportation use saves the equivalent of 300,000 fewer automobile fill-ups every day.”

The Environmental Benefits:

Decreased Pollution

A high number of vehicles contributes to an increased amount of pollution to the environment. However, if lessening car usage and increasing public transportation usage allows the environment to have a reduced CO2 emission by 45%. Public transportation allows more individuals using a ‘safer’ way as well as allowing them to walk more freely or even use a bicycle.

Fresh and Healthy Surroundings

Reducing pollution and emissions allows the environment to feel refresh by improving the air quality. A healthier surrounding is beneficial for those individuals who suffer from asthma or other illnesses. And a healthier surrounding means a more enjoyable walk.

Noise Pollution

Living in an area where noise is a major issue can be quite suffering. Noise is creating by a vast number of vehicles on the road which means more people would drive than walk. Reduced number of cars helps maintain peace in the environment as well as allowing more people to walk comfortable.

We must remember that cars have a larger emission than trains or buses and we must create a more Earth friendly environment.