Climate change is the greatest threat facing us today. According to the UN's Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, we have just 7 years in order to reverse the trend of rising greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avert a global climatic catastrophe. If we fail this would likely lead to the future extinction of 90% of the worlds species (including us!).
Luckily, there are many simple steps we can take in order to do our bit to help, one of which is cycling:
- Road transport is responsible for nearly one quarter of UK CO2 emissions.
- The average car produces three tonnes of CO2 a year - over thee times the annual emissions of the average citizen of Swaziland.
- Cycling produces ZERO emissions and is the mosty efficient form of transport.
- 2kg of carbon are saved for every short journey that is made using a bike instead of a car.
- Over a year this can save 1,400kg of CO2.
- If the four million Britons who drive four miles to work every day cycled instead, between them they would save a million tonnes of CO2 a year.
- If all commuters left the car at home one day a week for the next year, we would save enough miles to travel to the moon and back 35,000 times.
- Manufacturing a car emits about 5 tonnes of CO2.
Using your car only when it is really needed will save a lot of CO2 and also help to reduce congestion. Do your bit to save the planet and get fit and healthy at the same time by leaving the car at home for journeys under 5 miles and cycling instead.