According to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago now ranks as the sixth ‘sneeziest and wheeziest’ state in the United States. Allergies and asthma related issues among Chicago’s citizens are amplified due to climate change and the city’s high levels of carbon emissions. Several factors such as public transportation and vehicle-related carbon emissions account for a majority of Chicago’s high carbon levels. These components of the city’s high carbon levels are elements of it’s citizens’ everyday lives. However, by reducing the use of carbon-emitting transportation and substituting it for green transportation, Chicagoans can help alleviate the issue of high carbon dioxide levels and assist in the reduction of local public health issues.
With transportation being a key factor in the high levels of carbon dioxide in Chicago, green transportation is an choice it’s citizens can benefit from and use on a daily basis. Aside from the numerous individuals who drive through Chicago, many use the city’s large expanse of public transportation. The seemingly endless carbon emissions from vehicles, trains, and buses alike are noticeably taking tolls the environment. Green transportation includes but is not limited to electric public transit, electric vehicles, the use of bicycles, and walking. For those with no time to bike or walk, the development of electric public transit would ultimately lead to lower levels of carbon emissions and a healthier city.
There are countless benefits that Chicago may receive by making greener transportation changes throughout the city. As many other cities, Chicago’s carbon emissions damage not only its local public health, but the health of the environment as a whole. Carbon emissions from urban areas create irreversible damage that can only be alleviated through actions taken by citizens and city officials alike. If taken seriously and put into action, green transportation can transform urban sustainability and Chicago’s public health.
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