The week of June 5-11 is National Environment Week and everyone is encouraged to take on the Commuter Challenge! Walk, ride a bike, take public transit or another form of environmentally friendly transportation to your destinations for the week of June 5-11.
- Nearly 50% Canadians are physically inactive (Heart and Stroke Foundation, 2011).
- Driving a car 18,000km costs $9,525 (Canadian Automobile Association, 2004)
- It takes 130 trees to produce enough oxygen to combat the CO2 emissions from that one car (Sustainable Alberta Association, 2011)
- Transportation emissions will cost Canadian healthcare $38 billion by 2020 (Transportation Association of Canada, 1998)
To get started with the Commuter Challenge think about what environmentally friendly form of transportation makes sense for you. Next plan your route and to see how long it will take you to get to your destination. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at how fast environmentally friendly transportation can be. Be sure to register on the Commuter Challenge website and enjoy National Environment Week!