car free days challenge

For those who like a challenge and a reward… draw up a car-free calendar with tick boxes (or gold stars) for the day of the week. Give yourself a tick/star for each day you leave the car unused. Start by using the car as you always have done and see how many car free days a week you average. Then set a realistic target for the number of car free days you might achieve by replacing car trips with walking, cycling, training or busing. Hit or beat your target and give yourself a prize.

Overview

Drive less. The fact is that we’re going to have to change our travel habits. More walking, cycling, tram, bus and train, less car and plane. We might eventually end up using electric cars for some things, but electric vehicles require a huge amount of energy to build (ie carbon emissions) and rare and increasingly expensive resources for their batteries (like cobalt which principally comes from under the threatened tropical forests of the politically unstable Democratic Republic of Congo). So simply to replace all our internal combustion engine cars with electric ones is not the solution. So let’s start taking steps towards greener ways of getting around.

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