Car pool: Tip for Sustainable Living

Therefore strive that your actions day by day
may be beautiful prayers.
……………………………………—‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Monthly tips about sustainable living are designed to inspire you to adapt them to your personal circumstances and locale and to help you generate other ideas about how to live a more responsible life, socially and environmentally. If we all pitch in by individually reducing our consumption and adopting a simpler life, we can collectively mitigate the severity of climate change, reduce human suffering, and keep the Earth a livable place for future generations.—CHRISTINE MULLER

Car pool—making the extra effort

car share multiple peopleWe car pool because it is fun to ride together, but sometimes it can be inconvenient. Should we make an extra effort to car pool? Yes! Why does it matter? Car emissions are causing local air pollution that can lead to serious diseases such as asthma, lung and heart disease, and cancer, but the problem is even bigger: People all over the world are affected by our car emissions: Farmers (especially in Africa and India), all the people living on small islands and low-lying coastal areas, poor people everywhere, and all future generations.

How come? The carbon dioxide emitted from cars contributes to the warming of the Earth which causes the climate to change. Climate change already affects people’s lives everywhere: It causes crops to wither in drought, food prices to climb, exacerbates malnutrition, people to die in more severe heat waves, wildfires, floods, and increasingly stronger storms. Climate change also augments already existing social problems which can lead to conflict and violence. More and more people have to leave their homes and become refugees in their own country or abroad. Collectively, our small individual actions matter!

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PAST TIPS BY CATEGORIES

Food
Why Eat Organic?
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Considering Social Justice in Making Food Choices
Give Up Bottled Water—Go Back to the Tap!
Eat Less Beef
Eat Food that is in Season

Home
Shower Less—Cleanliness in the 21st Century
Avoid Plastics
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
Recycle Right!
Avoid Single-Use (Disposable) Items
Save Money, Save the Planet by Insulating Your House
Go Solar!
Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry for the Children of the World
Buy Clean Energy
Do a Home Energy Audit!
Search as Service on the Web (Use Ecosia and Plant a Tree)
Clean Safely—Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Your House
Air Conditioning and Moderation
What is clean? How often should I wash my clothes?

Yard
The Bees and We
Ethical and Easy Lawns
The Joy of Gardening
Do Not Kill—Avoid Toxic Weed Killers in Your Garden and Yard

Transportation
Let’s Go for a Walk or Bike Ride or Car Pool to Meetings
Do Not Idle Your Vehicle
Use a local Car-Share Service

Shopping
Purchase Mindfully—Do I Really Need it?
Shop Smart, Buy in Bulk
Buy Second-Hand Clothing
Choose Reusable Shopping Bags
Shop Locally, Support Local Agriculture
Save and Reuse your Produce Bags

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