Throughout my time in my Climate Change and Global Inequality class, I learned that many people are relatively uneducated on how much their ecological footprint affects the climate. There are also many people that understand their impact, but still are not inspired to change their habits and lifestyles. My goal with this project was to understand what more people need to learn in order to make more climate-friendly choices.
The topic of climate action can be super broad and overwhelming, so I started off by looking at my own community’s transportation. For myself, I drive almost ten miles to school every day. I don’t carpool and I use my own gas car. This is very typical for a lot of people in my community and at my school. Because I go to a private school that isn’t super close to my house, it is harder to find people to carpool with and I am going a longer distance than if I were to attend my local public school. I see this issue with my parents too, my dad also drives himself over 10 miles to work every day. In general I think that the Seattle area where I live is pretty spread out and most people spent a lot of time driving. Although everyone still needs a way to get to work, school, and everything we are driving to there are better ways to do this that can benefit our climate immensely.
To learn more about how people feel about this subject, I took a poll of the people in my community that drive often. I found that the majority of people drive over 100 miles a week, and the majority also does not use public transportation regularly. Most people explained this by saying that they had their own car, so they didn’t need to carpool or use public transportation. Most answers described the convenience factor as the most important thing. My next question in the survey was “do you feel that you can make a difference in terms of climate change and global warming with your transportation choices?”. I was happily surprised to see that 100% of people polled answered yes to this. This felt encouraging that everyone feels responsible and capable of making change. 75% of people also said that if they knew more about how their transportation affects our climate crisis that they would be more willing to make changes in their habits. Lastly, 80% of people also said that they think that reducing transportation emissions is very important towards solving the climate crisis. With this information, I felt inspired to create my project that would ultimately educate people about their transportation and the environment.
I created these infographics as tool for my community to learn more about this issue. My goal is to eventually display them in public places and use them on social media to spread awareness.
In the comments below, answer some questions! What solutions could work for you or your community to make a difference? What other ideas do you have? Also feel free the download the infographic images to spread in your community or on social media!
“Car Emissions and Global Warming.” Union of Concerned Scientists, 18 July 2014, www.ucsusa.org/resources/car-emissions-global-warming. Accessed 15 Apr. 2020.
“Transportation and Climate Change.” Center for Biological Diversity, www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/climate_law_institute/transportation_and_global_warming/index.html. Accessed 15 Apr. 2020.