Jennifer Nazak explains how applying permaculture principles to personal transport can benefit your local community whilst also making you healthier and happier
Personal transportation accounts for a big part of our fossil-fuel consumption. We (everyday people) can make the world a greener place very quickly through our transportation choices. But not everyone can afford to go out and buy one of those cute little electric/hybrid cars. And of course, there's always the question about the carbon footprint of a new car as opposed to a used one.
Is there a better, simpler way? Yes, there is! (A permaculture designer, which I am, will almost always answer "Yes" to this question.)
Normal Car vs. Electric Car vs. No Car
Let's take the example of a typical person who commutes to work by car. Jane, let's call her, drives 20 miles to work and 20 miles home, five days a week, alone in an average car which gets about 20 miles per gallon in the city.