by Carmen

It has been eleven years since I sold my car—and I have never looked back. I was in college back then and money was very tight. Getting rid of the car freed up resources I desperately needed to make ends meet. I asked my mom for the red, rusty, ramshackle old bicycle that she used to ride when she was my age and learned how to ride a bike in the city. It was truly empowering!

However, I know this is not always an option. You might live in a rural area, in a city where cycling is not a safe option, or where you have very limited access to public transportation. In this case, I’m afraid I am not the best person to give advice on how to reduce your emissions in this department.

At twenty-one, I was driving a car that was only two years younger than me. It got me from A to B in the year that I owned it, and by the time inspection came around the car failed, twice. I was faced with a very real problem, do I put more money into it than it’s worth? Or trash it. I chose the latter, and was lucky enough to have a mechanic who offered to recycle the car for me. A process I didn’t even know existed.

If you’re anything like me, I generally, try to live an environmentally conscious lifestyle, and transportation is a huge factor. According to the EPA website, transportation contributes to nearly one-third of all greenhouse emissions in the U.S. alone.

While, I can acknowledge that the most environmentally sound solutions are of course bike riding, and public transportation, they unfortunately, are not always the most practical.

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