Driving is an essential part of several people’s days, including my own. We drive to get anywhere, from school, to work, to the store. More times than not, the places we are going are in walking or biking distance, but we still choose to drive out of convenience. In fact more times than not my family will drive to church which we actually live quite close to, usually because we would be late if we walked.
While driving is very convenient and reduces the amount of time it takes to get where you need to be, it’s also not that great for the environment. Our cars, trucks and vans give off carbon dioxide every time we drive them. On average a car will give off six tons of carbon dioxide per year. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and it contributes to the greenhouse effect. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the greenhouse effect, let me explain. The atmosphere is full of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, and water vapor. As energy from the sun bounces off the earth, it is trapped in the atmosphere by these gases. This effect is a natural thing that is essential to life on earth. Without it, the earth would be much too cold to support life. However, humans have added an excess amount of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, making the earth warmer than it needs to be. This is global warming.