Sunday 22 April marks Earth Day, the world’s largest environmental movement. In the U.S., transportation accounts for almost 30% of greenhouse gas emissions — the largest contributor to the pollution problem. We must do what we can to reduce this figure, one of the ways to do so by leaving your car at home, and riding public transit instead.
At Moovit, we feel very passionately about the benefits of riding transit. According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), commuting to work by subway emits 73% less CO2 emissions than commuting by car.
The multimodal Moovit app provides step-by-step directions in 2,000 cities on not only bus and train, but also even greener transportation modes of travel such as walking and bike routes (including renting docked bikes). By making the switch from driving to transit, not only will you feel better because you are doing something great for the environment, but you can also benefit from more steps and being more active instead of going door-to-door in your car.
Check out your local government websites to see what events are taking place for Earth Day this weekend. In New York for instance, they are making Broadway car-free on Saturday. Learn more about it here.
If you’re already a transit advocate and are looking for other ways to help the environment, check out the Commuter Kate blog for tips to have a greener life.