How could a small community work together to reduce their carbon emissions?

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My global goal that I am working towards is Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Introduction

One day when I was stuck in traffic, I had a realization that nearly every single day the same cars are going to the same place at the same time. Every person tries to leave earlier to avoid the traffic, but in the end this ends up causing traffic at different times.

This began a thought process of how could we reduce the amount of cars on the road. I started out trying to come up with complex solutions that would take years and lots of money to complete, but after a few days of brainstorming, there was a realization that it was much more simple than I had thought it to be: develop a simple website to help link people from the same neighborhoods to just carpool.

Background

There has never really been much work besides public transportation that have been able to even affect the amount of cars on the road, this is caused by not only enough space on public transportation, but it is cheaper for most people to take their own car by themselves. If we were to test a way to reduce the amount of the cars we would have to try in a small community and see what works and doesn’t work, but if we were attempting to change on a large scale for the our first test it would be difficult as well as hard to get a large amount of people to participate.

My Plan

I know it seems simple, but the idea isn’t the complicated part. There are a few issues with it; one would be spreading the word to get more people to use it. Two, how could we incentivize people to carpool, when most people prefer to drive in their own cars. And three, it would still take some amount of money for people who would be driving. 

My Math

A final estimate of how many cars would come and go off of the school campus was 1,250 cars in one day. After that, there was an average on how many miles people would drive to get to school, which came to around 26.2 miles. Then, after taking a number for the average carbon emissions of a car going that distance, then the estimate of the carbon emissions for Savannah Country Day School was 4.6 metric tons or carbon dioxide. 

My “For Now” proposal

To test on a small community there would need to be incentives for people to even consider it, and it would require a community who is willing to make a change. Even though this is a simple solution, it is the most simple way that we could reduce the amount of cars on the road. And after debating and questioning other solutions I believe this one is the cheapest and has the most potential to be effective. If our school would be willing to try this on a small scale experiment for maybe a month, with only a certain amount of participants, it would incentivize others to partake in this possible solution.

FeedBack

Thank you for reading and I hoped you enjoyed my idea, please if you have any feedback for me, anyway to incentivise people or a way to make it more efficient, please let me know.

Sources

https://ourworldindata.org/co2-and-other-greenhouse-gas-emissions

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/greenhouse-gas-emissions

https://www.epa.gov/transportation-air-pollution-and-climate-change/carbon-pollution-transportation

 

5 Comments

5 comments

  1. Nate_21

    I do like your idea of a local and neighborhood carpool system because a lot of people are driving to and from the same places causing more air pollution. So I feel it would be a good idea to carpool to reduce the emisions.

  2. Idia

    Hi Johnson,
    Great plan! I like how it is very simple and straightforward, yet very effective and can potentially have significant results. I like how you focused on carbon emissions due to the fact that it is an increasingly more important issue in our world, and will continue to have significantly negative impacts on our planet. If something is not done to solve this problem soon, our population will continue to face the consequences of this oncoming disaster. It is crucial that world executives begin to put forth an affirmative plan, which is why I think it is great that you have gotten involved in one of the key parts of a much needed solution. I like how you involved your local community, and I really hope you guys can work together to make it happen! My question for you is, would you consider presenting to your school some ways that you can incorporate sustainable power sources around campus?

  3. Idia

    Hey Johnson,
    Great plan! I like how it is very simple and straightforward, yet very effective and can potentially have significant results. I like how you focused on carbon emissions due to the fact that it is an increasingly more important issue in our world, and will continue to have significantly negative impacts on our planet. If something is not done to solve this problem soon, our population will continue to face the consequences of this oncoming disaster. It is crucial that world executives begin to put forth an affirmative plan, which is why I think it is great that you have gotten involved in one of the key parts of a much needed solution. I like how you involved your local community, and I really hope you guys can work together to make it happen! My question for you is, would you consider presenting to your school some ways that you can incorporate sustainable power sources around campus?

  4. Hollis Cook

    Hi Johnson! I really like your idea! I like that you settled with a solution that is not the standard, taxi type, system. Your idea could be very beneficial and make regular carpooling easier to plan. I spent most of my education carpooling with other students and an app to help facilitate more people doing the same this is very useful. I hope that you will take this idea seriously!

  5. Connor Prindle

    Hi Johnson! This is a really good idea. I like how you acknowledged how the idea may seem simple, but the complicated part is actually motivating people to carpool.

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