A good way for you to help slow down climate change is to shrink your carbon footprint. Now that might not sound like the easiest job in the world, so we’ve sent one of our Carbon Footprint Investigators over to Vancouver, British Columbia to help give you the motivation to complete your Mission. Let’s check out what Earth Ranger Alex found!
Earth Ranger Alex, reporting in from Vancouver, and I have to say, it’s BEAUTIFUL here! In case you didn’t know, Vancouver is a city in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada. With the ocean just steps away, a breathtaking view of the mountains, and the amazing Stanley Park, it also happens to be one of Canada’s most populated cities.
Having the ocean as your neighbour might mean an incredible view but it also has risks. If climate change continues at its current rate and the ocean levels rise, Vancouver could find itself partly under water!
That’s why Vancouver has taken some serious steps towards shrinking their carbon footprint. In fact, by 2020, Vancouver plans to be the greenest city in the world. Let’s take a look at some of Vancouver’s green features.
Leave the car at home – Vancouver is working hard to make trips by foot, bicycle and public transit the main mode of transportation in the city. With tons of walking paths, bike lanes and a public transit system that connects Vancouver with the Greater Vancouver Area, you can get to where you’re going without putting too much pressure on the planet.
Cut down on waste – Pollution can really add to your carbon footprint, which is why Vancouver has a zero waste goal. They expanded the list of items that can be put in your home recycling bin to include things like milk cartons, paper cups and juice boxes. The more we can recycle, the fewer new resources need to be collected and produced.
Eat local – Feeling hungry? Not to worry! Vancouver has tons of gardens and fruit trees that provide local food to the city. We know that A LOT of emissions are released when products have to travel long distances, so having things available in the city is much friendlier for the planet.
Breathe clean air – Vancouver has over 200 electric charging stations throughout the city to help encourage the switch away from gas guzzling cars. Thanks to these stations, about 80 tonnes of greenhouse gases were saved between May 2011 and August 2014, which is about 34,000 litres of fuel.
These are just some of the ways that Vancouver is shrinking its carbon footprint, and it’s paying off: Vancouver already has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions (per person) of any big North American city!
If an entire city can work towards shrinking their footprint, so can you!
Signing off from Vancouver,
Earth Ranger Alex
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