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A little known (and easy) way to celebrate Earth Day!

Posted by Red Arrow on Apr 20, 2017 1:02:46 PM

Earth Day is coming up on Saturday, April 22 and we're here to help you celebrate.

You already recycle, compost, use energy-saving light bulbs, pay your bills online, take baths instead of showers and you feel pretty good about how contribute to the health of Mother Nature.

However, you may have overlooked one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect our earth and reduce global warming – taking the bus!SUST_carbon footprint.jpgDid you know?

Since our cars are some of the greatest sources of pollution in our daily lives, avoiding the car and taking a multi-person mode of transportation is a great place to start.

Little known green facts about buses:

  • Buses emit 80% less carbon monoxide than a car
  • A Red Arrow coach replaces up to 36 single-occupancy vehicles on the road
  • Can save about 70,000 litres of fuel per year
  • Avoids 175 tonnes of emissions a year
  • Offers an immediate alternative for people seeking to reduce their carbon footprint

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Benefits of taking an inter-city bus:

Protecting our planet is a great enough reason on its own to take the bus, but here are a few others to make you rethink hopping in your car next time you’re considering a road trip.

1. Less environmental pollution

The existing modes of transportation utilize sources of energy such as fossil fuels, which emit vast quantities of greenhouse gases to the environment. Shifting to greener transportation would help rid the atmosphere of these toxic gases since public transportation has fewer emissions.

2. Saves you money

Embracing public transportation will save you a lot of out-of-pockets costs related to maintenance, parking and buying fuel at the pump. Further, car drivers are only paying the direct costs of operating their vehicles, but we're all paying the rest of the price: congestion, pollution, and road maintenance. 

3. Increased productivity

On Red Arrow specifically, you’ll enjoy free wifi and power outlets at every seat so you can feel confident that you’ll catch up on work, connect with friends and family on social media or ensure you’re fully rested by just sitting back and enjoying an onboard movie with a complimentary snack.

4. Convenience

Downtown to downtown service allows you to depart and arrive by bus in the heart of the city without worrying about traffic or parking. Transit options are always nearby to get to or from the Red Arrow locations if you need to.

5. Improved health

Energy sources from fossils fuels like natural gas, coal, and oil emit toxic gases that negatively affect our health. Reducing emissions will only improve our country’s health status.

So, if you’re wondering what you can do on Earth Day, why not take the bus?

In fact, why not take public transportation whenever possible rather than driving your car?
It’s easily the most effective thing you can do to fight climate change and save the planet, year-round.

The only way to travel even more green might be to bike or walk—but that may take a little longer.


Topics: General Information, Sustainable travel

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