Say no to sitting in traffic
Between commuting, taxiing the kids around and running endless errands, it can feel like your car is a second home. But it doesn't have to be. Taking a breather from all that driving gives the planet a breather, too: in fact, it’s one of the most impactful things you can do to bring down your carbon footprint.
Not everyone can give up the commute, but we’ve found that if just one in five Kiwis switch the car for active transport (biking or walking), or work at home, one day a week, we could avoid 84,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year – that’s like taking 35,000 cars off the road for good.
Every time you leave the house it’s a chance to switch up your travel, and every little bit you do to shed unneeded trips counts, whether it’s sharing taxi duties with friends, teleconferencing from home, or walking to the corner dairy instead of hopping in the car. It’s climate action that’s good for your health and wallet, too.
- Transport makes up around 40% of New Zealand’s energy-related carbon emissions
- The average petrol/diesel car emits 2.6 tonnes of CO2 annually
- Around a third of car trips in New Zealand are less than 2km