Tip for Sustainable Living: Use a Local Car-Share Service

“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 adopt 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

Use a Local Car-Share Program

car share multiple peopleCar-sharing programs can be useful in many situations. If you live in a place with good public transportation, you can often get away without owning a car. However, there are special occasions when a car is very useful, such as when moving heavy objects or going to a place that is not accessible or very awkward to reach by public transportation. If you live in a place with poor public transportation, your family may be able to share one car, but membership in a car-sharing program will help you with the occasional situation when two family members need to go to different places. There are many choices of car-sharing programs and companies. Hence, before you need such a service, you should check out what programs or services are available in your location and which one would serve you best. While car sharing is less expensive than owning a car, the motivation for car sharing could also come from the desire to apply the Bahá’í teachings of living with moderation. If not everyone owns a car, many fewer cars will need to be produced, which saves natural resources and energy.

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UPCOMING TIPS
The Joy of Gardening
Do Not Kill—Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Your Garden and Yard

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

Home and Yard
Shower Less—Cleanliness in the 21st Century
Avoid Plastics
The Bees and We
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
Ethical and Easy Lawns
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

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

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