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October 15, 2007

save money. save your health. save the planet. walk

Filed under: environment — plonkee @ 12:00 pm

Today is Blogger Action Day, when bloggers all round the web will be trying to make a difference on one of the defining issues of our time, global warming.

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.

Marshall McLuhan

How often do you jump in the car to somewhere that’s in walking distance? If you are anything like most people, more often than you should.

Walking saves you money

This is clear and apparent. If you use your car, at the very least, it will cost you petrol. And then there’s the wear and tear that it puts on your car, especially short hops in traffic. There’s also the increased possibility that you will do some expensive damage to your car if you are involved in a collision. If you walk to the shops to run your errands, you are also less likely to buy excess stuff, since you only have two hands to carry it with. If you cut down on a few trips in your car, it will save money that can be put towards the more important things in your life.

Walking saves your health

If you are walking somewhere, I can pretty much guarantee that you will be using some calories. You will also be using your heart and lungs to work a bit harder, keeping them maintained in better condition. If you cut down on a few trips in your car, it will improve your fitness and will probably make your happier.

Walking saves the planet

Transport is a major contributor to the excessive levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Burning petrol in an internal combustion engine emits xx, yy and zz chemicals that befoul the very air that you breathe. If you cut down on a few trips in your car it will make a difference to the planet that we live on – and the difference will be increased if you start encouraging others to do the same.

Get out of your cars and walk. Pass it on.

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