New ways to get around

Pilbara News - - Opinion - ■ Robyn Gul­liver

Trans­port ac­counts for about 13 per cent of Aus­tralia’s to­tal green­house gas emis­sions.

This in­cludes emis­sions from cars, as well as those from do­mes­tic flights and other ve­hi­cles, such as diesel trains.

This pro­por­tion may be small in re­la­tion to energy emis­sions from Aus­tralia’s coal and nat­u­ral gas-fired power sta­tions, yet in some re­spects it can be the most dif­fi­cult sort of green­house gas emis­sion to avoid.

Some­times it seems we are en­tirely de­pen­dent on oil prod­ucts to get around, es­pe­cially with such vast dis­tances to travel in the Pil­bara.

How­ever, there are many ways in which trans­port is mov­ing to­wards the clean fu­ture we need.

The re­cent an­nounce­ment from the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment sup­port­ing an elec­tric ve­hi­cle so­lar-pow­ered fast-charge high­way is one step. Cur­rent ad­vance­ments in ex­tend­ing the range of elec­tric ve­hi­cles to more than 400km is another.

In Kar­ratha, a slowly build­ing num­ber of hy­brid ve­hi­cles can be seen cruis­ing past some fan­tas­tic bike paths.

Jump­ing on your bike to get to school or work not only keeps the air clean, but is also a great form of ex­er­cise.

As aware­ness is build­ing about cli­mate change, a num­ber of projects and or­gan­i­sa­tions are step­ping up to run projects that both aim for lower pol­lu­tion and a health­ier lifestyle.

One ex­am­ple is Na­tional Ride2Work Day, to be held across Aus­tralia on Oc­to­ber 14.

Kar­ratha, as a flat lo­ca­tion with safe, wide path­ways, is the per­fect place to join in.

The Kar­ratha En­viro Group is look­ing to form a team to en­joy some cy­cling in the sun.

Whether cy­cling in a suit, Ly­cra or track­ies is your style, we want you on our team on the day. Con­tact kcaen­ for more in­for­ma­tion. ■ Robyn Gul­liver is a mem­ber of the Kar­ratha En­viro Group.

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