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Transportation Climate Solution

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Sally Albright

Oregon State University

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Project Drawdown has chosen to include a focus on transportation because it is a major source of global energy emissions, producing "...7 gigatons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions annually, or 23 percent of energy-related emissions, which is around 14 percent of all emissions..." (Project Drawdown). One way you can do your part to address this issue it to educate yourself on alternative modes of transportation to single-passenger cars.

Fossil-fuel driven modes of transportation are not only taxing on the environment, but it also drives a socioeconomic wedge between those who can and cannot afford these options. More so, this can limit people's access to work opportunities beyond a few miles from their home. In this collection, we look into various alternatives to single-passenger cars, including bus and rail systems, ride sharing, and pedestrianization of cities. 

When cities invest in alternative transportation, it's not only a win for the environment, but a win for their citizens as well. In Aspen, Colorado, the rural area has expanded a bus service to make their walkable downtown locations more accessible to those who live there. The Philadelphia Unemployment Project addressed transportation limitation issue developing a ride sharing program for those who work in the city. Citizens of Los Angeles voted to implement a tax that supports the development of a citywide rail system. Many cities, like New York City, have pedestrianized portions of their city (in this article, Times Square) in order to make traffic patterns more efficient and keep pedestrians safe. 

Click here to view all the climate solution story collections for the Drawdown Ecochallenge.  

Stories In This Collection (4)

Even rural America can have good public transportation

Even rural America can have good public transpo...
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Get To Work

Get To Work
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The Great Los Angeles Revolt Against Cars

The Great Los Angeles Revolt Against Cars
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Three ways cities remodelled their streets for people, not cars

Three ways cities remodelled their streets for ...
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