Go public: use public transport and help the environment
At the point where we are standing today, the human race is generally, too dependent on machines to quite using them. We have come to a point where our basic activities are dependent on machines of various kinds, and vehicles play a very important part in this. Vehicles have become very necessary in every area of our lives. It is almost impossible to envisage an alternative to cars and buses, not to mention planes, ships and trains, without which, global economy would come to a standstill because of the absolute halt of trade between different countries.
At such a point, where we cannot possibly eliminate vehicles from our lives, what we can do, is try to lessen the effects of the vehicles on the environment. The cars which we buy and use on a regular basis might be convenient, and comfortable, but we often forget the cost which we’re paying for such comfort. The cars guzzle either petrol or diesel in large amounts, which are non-renewable resources. And a lot of it is being used up on a daily basis mostly due to the vehicles. Apart from the depletion of petrol and diesel, the vehicles also contribute quite substantially to environmental degradation. The harmful emissions from the cars such as carbon monoxide harm and pollute the already precariously unstable air around us.
While doing away with vehicles completely is not possible for most of us, what we can do, is try to lessen down the amount of pollution and environmental damage we are causing. We can give up a little bit of comfort, and start using public transport in order to do our little bit in saving the environment from dangerous fumes and natural oil depletion. We can take the subway, the buses and the share cars which ply on a daily basis, and public transportation has grown more intricate now, so it is never too much of a hassle to opt for it.
Unless you’re very old and/or impaired, public transportation has numerous benefits. You end up saving a lot of money, because you’re not spending it on the rising prices of fuel and car maintenance. You also end up walking a little more than usual because public transport does not guarantee dropping you to your doorstep. Public transport is also a wonderful way of getting to know the people and the places around you. When we travel in our own car, we end up alienating ourselves from our surroundings because all our attention is focused on getting to our destination safely. However, when we avail public transport, we get to observe our surroundings much more than usual.
Often, people associate such mode of transport with a lot of discomfort and they generally believe that it is a pain to avail public transport, but it can be made fun if you put your mind to it. One can read a book or listen to music while travelling by public buses, rickshaws and subways. One can find out about the shortest routes and the longer but (possibly) better routes. The city with all its roads and its people will be known to you from a much closer perspective. And so what if it is a tad bit more comfortable? It is far better as an option as opposed to choking the atmosphere with harmful fumes, and ridding the world of all its fuel. Take a bus today, instead of starting up your car. Its always a better option.