Fossil fuels. I know, we’re all drained from hearing about how terrible they are for the earth and how much they contribute to global warming. This has been common knowledge for years upon years but they are still as big of a problem as ever.
As we are all aware, an enormous amount of fossil fuels are used to power the vehicles which we have come to rely upon so much. Of course, different vehicles have different levels of fuel efficiency. This fuel efficiency of a vehicle is a measure of the distance by which that vehicle can travel per unit of fuel. Vehicles that have a higher fuel efficiency require less fuel to travel a particular distance. When less fossil fuels are used, global warming emissions are cut and pollution levels are therefore reduced. This results in global warming and climate change being positively impacted – which is our end goal of course.
Improving the fuel efficiency of our vehicles is a significant step forward and it could lead to, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, America’s oil consumption being cut in half. By doubling the fuel efficiency of new cars, trucks and commercial vehicles in America, it is estimated that over 5 million barrels of oil per day would be saved. That certainly seems like a step in the right direction to me!
Of course, this is all fantastic but also slightly irrelevant to those of us who have nothing to do with the development of fuel efficient cars which I assume makes up the majority of people on the planet. So what significant difference can we make to the effect that our fossil fuel run vehicles have on the planet? Walking, cycling, investing in an electric car, carpooling and using public transport are all significantly greener choices to make, if possible. Even small things, such as: walking to your local shop instead of jumping into the car; walking, cycling or carpooling to work or university; choosing to use public transport when going on both short and long journeys and just having less of a dependency on your car in general.
By doing the above things, you’ll not only save the planet but you’ll also save yourself money in the long run. It definitely pays to care.