Reducing car usage to reduce our carbon footprint
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Oh Man, talk about testing me TO MY LIMIT!
Small Footprints has challenged us to something for this week’s ‘Change the World Wednesday‘ that I was dreading coming up…
She’s asking us to replace at least one car trip with a bicycle or walking trip in order to reduce our carbon footprint and live a more sustainable life.
it’s not that I won’t, but I’m not sure that I *can*.
Where I live we have a local village post office and general grocery store. The store is ok for the odd pint of milk (although I usually ask my neighbour for a loan!) or a lemon or an onion if I don’t have one to hand.
I’m a firm supporter of my local Post Office; after all, if you don’t use it, you might lose it…
Apart from that, all my car trips take me out of the village, further afield. The two ends of our village open out onto busy “A” roads which really aren’t safe for walking or cycling. Think arctic lorries, narrow roads and wild sheep and horses running through forests.
Also, I’m a bit under the weather this week. Little Miss green has had some kind of cough for over a month and this mama is starting to feel worn down. Just going out in the evening to get the rabbit some greens is enough for me.
So you know, for the first time, I don’t think I can take part.
What I CAN do, however, is really ask myself if I NEED to take the car out. I’ve been known to fancy a DVD rental, a takeaway for ease or Mr Green has had a beer craving and we’ve driven to satisfy those requirements. Not good huhn?
So this week we’ll be extra careful at separating our wants from our needs. Mind you, with two of us not feeling great and more likely to want to huddle infront of the fire, it should’t be too difficult…
What about you – is there a car trip you could replace with bicycles or foot?
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