Investments in alternative transportation that reduce automobile use are key to fostering a sustainable future
Fossil fuel usage compromises environmental, human, and global health. Our cities are structured around these vehicular arteries clogged with traffic either at standstill or speeds dangerous to residents. Cars put out noxious pollution causing acid rain or asthma, and run on an imported, limited fuel. Studies have also shown that automobile-reliance is associated with obesity. In contrast, alternative forms of transportation, whether walking to the bus or biking a few miles, increase health and well-being.
The export of carbon dioxide by transportation is astronomical, accounting for 26% of global emissions. Reducing vehicle miles traveled is integral to abating climate change and preventing global environmental disasters. The advent of the fuel-efficient vehicles has lowered the impact of participating public transit programs, such as the Bloomington Transit, IU Campus Bus. Additionally, planning carpooling routes and long distance rideshares, as well as utilizing biking and walking routes ensure we're one step closer to a more accessible campus.