Over winter break I was rear-ended and my car was totaled, not having a car anymore has reduced my carbon footprint by a lot. As a commuter student at UIC I travel via Metra train daily from Aurora. Before the accident, I would often drive to campus, which according to William Solecki, “causes intense air pollution and its associated hazards to the health of urban residents”. No longer having a motor vehicle makes me feel like I’m protecting the planet in a strange sense because of the recent report that diesel cars from four major car manufacturers are emitting significantly more pollution on the road than in their regulatory tests. Cars give off higher pollution emissions than previously thought which is a big scandal.
As a commuter it’s very easy to grab a water bottle before leaving the house in the morning, which is a nasty habit that harms the planet. I started realizing that my consumption of water bottles was getting to be ridiculous and since according to the Washington Post, “by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the worlds oceans,” I knew it was time to change my habits. I have since invested on a reusable water bottle that will help me live a more sustainable life and to save the planet.
Image, my own.