Our spring Tundra Connections webcasts have ended. Enjoy these highlights from last fall's polar bear season until the Polar Bear Cam returns in the fall.
Make EVERY day an Earth Day: Pledge to take our Transportation Challenge. Why? Because nearly 30% of global carbon emissions come from transportation. Community solutions that encourage walking, biking, and mass transit can have a big impact in reducing those emissions and saving Arctic sea ice.
Today I commit to:
The average household that uses public transportation saves an average of $6,521 every year. That’s just over the amount of money a U.S household spends on food each year!
In the U.S., public transportation use reduces the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. That’s like saving the electricity used in New York City, D.C., Atlanta, Denver, and Los Angeles combined!
Idling vehicles waste fuel and money and release heat-trapping gases that contribute to climate change. If idling was eliminated in New York City alone, you would save enough fuel to take a road trip across the United States 228 times!
Check out our No Idling Toolkit for resources and tips on how to do this.
Investment in bike infrastructure has made biking comfortable, safe, and dignified in Denmark, making car ownership optional. In fact, cycling accounts for 24% of all commuter trips in Denmark. Nine out of 10 Danes own a bike and 44% of all children bike to school.
Share our Transportation Challenge with others for an even bigger impact. The key to getting the climate system back to functioning the way it should and to preserving a future for polar bears across the Arctic, is to move away from fossil fuels for energy altogether. In the meantime, we can take steps to use much, much less of the kind of energy that adds heat-trapping gases to our atmosphere.