New ways to get around
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. ■ Robyn Gulliver is a member of the Karratha Enviro Group.