It’s no secret that our planet is experiencing a global climate crisis. Report after report shows that greenhouse gas emissions are disrupting our planet’s protective ozone layer. Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane are in our atmosphere. This blanket of gasses traps the heat we get from the sun and keeps the climate warm and sustainable for current human life. Without this protective layer, the planet would be about 60 degrees cooler, which is too cold. The fact that we live inside a greenhouse is good. The problem is that we are thickening the protective blanket by emitting too many greenhouse gases. In other words, our greenhouse is getting hotter. 

A warmer planet by even just a couple of degrees will have a potentially catastrophic effect on a number of life forms. All of the greenhouse gas emissions are increasing, but the breakdown is pretty clear. Carbon dioxide is the largest source, followed by methane and nitrous oxide. The source of the majority of these higher levels is the burning of fossil fuels. This is a source of energy that is literally derived from decomposing natural organisms. Coal, petroleum, and natural gas are the three main types of fossil fuel that we burn today. 

The largest offender of this type of energy usage is transportation. Everyone has experienced the drudgery of sitting in a traffic jam while they and all of the surrounding vehicles release noxious fumes into the sky. This is the main reason that our current model of transportation needs to be greener and more earth-friendly. Other reasons aside from global warming include pollution, declining health rates, and supply concerns since we don’t have an infinite supply of fossil fuels on earth. 

Staunch critics of a climate overhaul disagree, claiming that the expense would far outweigh any positive outcomes and that the problem isn’t really a crisis after all. In the long run, however, supporters point out that a low-carbon strategy would actually be more cost-efficient. Potential savings could amount to $300 billion annually. 

Eco-friendly transportation solutions are a great investment because they make use of low-cost materials and leave a low-cost carbon footprint behind so it’s a win-win. Some examples of green modes of transportation include electric trains, buses, bicycles, and cars, as well as hybrid versions of practically every type of vehicle. In addition, the national obesity epidemic can be aided by encouraging walking and standard bicycling as a way of staying fit.