Even though carbon dioxide is essential to the plants and animals here on Earth, too much can be really dangerous. The Greenhouse effect keeps the Earth’s temperature on an average of 15 degrees due to the constant contamination and generation of CO2, creating an overabundance of it and trapping additional heat. It could, therefore, lead to heavy droughts, floods, melting of ice glaciers and the rising of the sea level worldwide.
Did you know that transportation contributes up to 27% of greenhouse emissions in the U.S? Only electricity production takes a higher place of 29%.
While we are in our cities or villages, we either move around on foot, bicycle, by bus or metro, if possible in order to reduce as much as possible the emissions of CO2.
Nevertheless, when we travel to far destinations, we tend to choose the best option for our wallets and time- by plane. But have you ever thought of the great amount of contamination it means? You can check the amount of contamination you generate by taking a flight between certain distances on this website. Also, it gives you the chance to compensate your emissions and gives great travel advice enabling you to travel in a greener way.
Did you know that from Barcelona to Amsterdam (one way) an aircraft generates 380 kg of CO2, while the average emission per capita in Spain is 6 tonnes? It means for a flight of 2h and 20 mins, an aircraft emits 6.33% of CO2.
Even if you don’t have the option to take low carbon transports you can seek for the aircraft which is more efficient: Airbus A320neo, Airbus A3250 XWB, Boeing B787-800 Dreamliner. But if you decide to go by car, try to fill all the seats and chose a hybrid vehicle or one with low fuel consumption. I recommend trying to find some carpool such as Bla Bla Car. Try your luck, you might find one to transport you to another country.
Did you know that direct flights are much better than the ones with layover since the takeoff and the landing are the most contaminating phase?
Anyway, pick the most responsible travel practice whenever you are able to: the train. Perhaps it’s not the fastest way to get to your destination but you save time and cut your stress since you don’t have to check-in plus it’s more comfortable and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the journey and landscapes as you pass by.
Check out this web to compare the environmental impact and energy consumption of planes, cars, and trains.
Did you know that going from Barcelona to Madrid by train you reduce your emission of CO2 by up to 85% and the emission of nitrogen oxides up to 92%? (Regarding the plane option).
Nowadays traveling has become more of a consumption because we try to see many things in many places with the less possible amount of time and as a result of this, we don’t live it and enjoy it as much as we could. By doing ‘slow travel’ not only do you make the most of your trip but you also move around calmly, respecting the environment in a better way.
What means of transportation do you use more when traveling? Please leave your comments below.
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