Transportation

Trucking  Bicycles  Automobiles

Public Transit  Airplanes  Ships

Pedestrians    Autonomous Vehicles

Sustainable transportation is a challenging and complex goal due to a broad variety of modes – for passengers or goods — and for short distances or long. Equally impactful are social, economic, environmental and cultural factors as well. Whether one explores passenger or goods transportation, one may want to look at 1) the overall effect transportation has on greenhouse gas emissions, 2) how different modes of transportation affect emissions and thus climate change, 3) the easiest changes one can make to contribute to mitigating these effects, and 4) hopeful developments.Cultural factors play a major role in the resistance to working toward sustainable transportation. Western individualism, so ingrained, makes it extremely difficult to wean people away from dependence upon fossil fuel driven vehicles: why take seriously one’s impact on the environment and thus on their communities and future generations.

Social factors at play are both positive and negative: if one is fortunate enough to be able to ride a bike to work, one does so usually without the benefit of companionship. If one drives and can take advantage of HOV lanes, one might benefit from the possible camaraderie shared with those in the carpool. If one takes advantage of public transportation, one does so in the company of others but probably without the companionship of friends. Sustainable transportation is a challenging and complex goal due to a broad variety of modes – for passengers or goods — and for short distances or long. Equally impactful are social, economic, environmental and cultural factors as well.

Economic factors are complex in and of themselves. They played a significant role in the developments that led to climate change and the challenges to sustainability. They are playing a significant role in both the development of clean energies and the fossil fuel industry’s resistance to converting from fossil fuels to clean energies.\

Environmental factors are causing developed countries in particular to look at the effects of fossil fuels, used by the majority of our different modes of transportation. Because transportation contributes so much to climate change, research and development have come up with hybrids and electric vehicles which reduce greenhouse gas emissions considerably.Social factors at play are both positive and negative: if one is fortunate enough to be able to ride a bike to work, one does so usually without the benefit of companionship. If one drives and can take advantage of HOV lanes, one might benefit from the possible camaraderie shared with those in the carpool. If one takes advantage of public transportation, one does so in the company of others but probably without the companionship of friends. Sustainable transportation is a challenging and complex goal due to a broad variety of modes – for passengers or goods — and for short distances or long. Equally impactful are social, economic, environmental and cultural factors as well.

Cultural factors play a major role in the resistance to working toward sustainable transportation. Western individualism, so ingrained, makes it extremely difficult to wean people away from dependence upon fossil fuel driven vehicles: why take seriously one’s impact on the environment and thus on their communities and future generations.

Whether one explores passenger or goods transportation, one may want to look at 1) the overall effect transportation has on greenhouse gas emissions, 2) how different modes of transportation affect emissions and thus climate change, 3) the easiest changes one can make to contribute to mitigating these effects, and 4) hopeful developments.Cultural factors play a major role in the resistance to working toward sustainable transportation. Western individualism, so ingrained, makes it extremely difficult to wean people away from dependence upon fossil fuel driven vehicles: why take seriously one’s impact on the environment and thus on their communities and future generations.

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