I liked this article, but i have a problem with quoting the study about how if every American walked 30 minutes a day instead of driving, we'd reduce carbon emissions. This sounded great at first, but for most of us, it's empty advice. Many parts of our country are not set up for walking. Where I live, I can walk around a little lake path, but I can't walk to any places that I would normally drive to. I would love to walk to work, but part of the route has no sidewalks, there's a very dangerous intersection to cross, and it's all along smoggy, trafficy roads. That's not the kind of walking I'm willing to do -- it's bad for my asthma and not fun at all.
So when I walk 30 minutes a day (which I know is good for me) it's along a path or along a lake. It doesn't replace the driving I do. I wish it could. When I'm in a big city, I walk instead of drive. But I can't do that where I live, and I think that's true for a lot of us. So I think part of getting healthier and reducing carbon emissions is to set up communities where we can walk to do errands or get to work. Just telling us to walk instead of drive is not enough.
By the way, I did like the part of the article about not going through drive throughs and wasting gas and polluting the environment that way. I also want to quit drive throughs because they always use plastic cups for sodas that are hard to recycle (and, of course, I want to stop because the food is so bad for me) I'm really trying to go cold turkey on fast food.
- 4/25/2010 12:32:40 PM