Discuss the connection between climate change and transportation and then do a class survey about how students get to school. Using Google Maps, students compare their options for getting to and from school, identify factors involved in our transportation choices and then decide which one is the most sustainable.
In British Columbia, transportation is responsible for more than a third of our greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from the use and burning of fossil fuels. GHGs add to the warming of the Earth and impact climate change. Sustainable transportation options are ones that use transit, clean energy or active transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and our impact on the environment.
Carpooling and transit reduce congestion and the number of vehicles on the road. Clean energy transportation, such as electric vehicles, reduce GHG emissions from burning fossil fuels. In B.C., 96 percent of our electricity is generated from the power of falling water, a clean energy source.
Active transportation uses our own energy to get from one place to another; this includes biking, walking, skateboarding, etc. It’s a healthy way to move, and it reduces greenhouse gas emissions, vehicle trips, congestion and air pollution. School districts, municipalities and cities are planning active transportation programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide safe and healthy travel options for communities.