Canada’s Transportation Future
One of the most important environmental issues of our time is global warming, leading to catastrophic climate changes and the deterioration of ecosystems. Solutions for this problem must come from within all people and through sustainable transportation. Examples of sustainable transportation include public transportation, walking, biking, mass transit, carpooling, and even green cars. Sustainable transportation is the leading cause of global air pollution and greenhouse gases in Canada, and by choosing sustainable transportation, you can help reduce the harmful impact of global warming.
Public transportation is one example of sustainable transportation. By walking or cycling, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Cycling saves you money on fuel and maintenance costs and gives you the benefit of reduced air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust. Public transportation is often a better option than driving due to safety reasons and pollution concerns. The increased use of cycling also helps reduce traffic congestion and air pollution caused by vehicles.
Another example of sustainable transportation is through recycling. This is done on a large scale in many countries. Still, in Canada, it is done primarily within the car manufacturing industry, where most of the material used in making a car is either sent to or from the country. Materials that can be recycled include reusable glass, reusable tin cans, and polythene bags. As well as these, fly ash is often reused to create new materials such as liners for vehicle interiors. Recycling requires extensive planning and research, but it is an important component of a sustainable transportation environment-friendly plan.
In more extreme situations, more permanent solutions may be required. Governments and organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund implement “management plans” that restrict the use of vehicles that produce harmful byproducts such as lead, zinc, and chrome. Vehicles are only permitted to be driven on roads that have been deemed “green,” and a wide variety of emissions are typically filtered through exhaust systems before being released into the atmosphere. These plans are often controversial but effective.
A very successful example of sustainable and eco-friendly practices in the Canadian context is installing a large-scale cycling project. The cycling project, called the Spoke Project, runs through 20 urban areas in Toronto. It began as a pilot program designed to improve cycling facilities and promote safer cycling infrastructure through its implementation. This effort has since spread into other cities, with many experts touting its ability to cut carbon emissions while preserving open spaces and promoting green development.
Alternative transportation such as electric vehicles (EV) has become very popular recently, but many Canadians remain skeptical about their overall carbon footprint. Many governments and environmental organizations have been quick to point out that electric vehicles do not make much sense as transportation fuels. However, those who support electric vehicles (EVs) frequently cite that they can run on available power resources and that fuel prices will continue to increase. For these reasons, the popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) in Canada is likely to continue for quite some time.