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A Guide to Sustainable Transportation: Rhetorical analysis

Have you ever found yourself stuck in the middle of your city’s morning traffic rush?

You’re frustrated at the 70-80 vehicles honking in front of you. The smell of burning fuel fills up the small personal space of your car. You reckon your lungs are at maximum capacity.

At that moment, you’d give anything to make those cars disappear or to be anywhere with fresh air.

Like you, Mother Earth also has to use her KN95s every morning because of the fume emissions. Did we mention that her resources are also depleting at a terrifying rate to meet the demand for fuels?

What sustainable alternatives could we offer you to help you reach your respective destination?

You can stop worrying because we’re here to help. We’re bringing you a complete guide to adapt an effective eco-friendly transportation system and help you live your best life.

Where Did It All Begin?

It started with the invention of the wheel in the 4th century B.C. in Mesopotamia. Since then, the evolution of the transportation system has been one heck of a ride, no pun intended.

Further, the invention of ships, aircraft, trains, and cars made life easier.

Importantly, the Industrial Revolution sparked significant advances in manufacturing and machinery.

The rise of more advanced vehicles changed the way the world produced and traded goods. Distances shortened and economic and social activities thrived.

How Did One of Man’s Greatest Inventions Lead to One of Their Biggest Downfalls?

As we progress through the decades, the demand for vehicles and fossil fuels went higher. This continued until we fell into the environmental sinkhole that we’re in today.

Air Pollution

The surge of cars on the road with no real restrictions and the exhaust fumes released is a major factor of environmental concern. Aircraft handles the most carbon-intensive activities. Ships and other vehicles have proved to be no better.

These fumes are dangerous and can lead to cancer, respiratory, neurological, and cardiovascular diseases.

People exposed to these toxins experience allergies, eye inflammation, and skin irritation.

Below are some toxic pollutants that are guilty of lowering your city’s quality of life.

Carbon Monoxide

Nitrogen Oxides

Sulfur Oxides

Unburnt hydrocarbons

Ozone

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Particulate emissions

Carbon Dioxide

Fuel-driven vehicles cause 26% of the world’s greenhouse gas pollution, according to The Times newspaper.

It’s shocking to realize that we’ve been breathing in all these toxins for such a long time now. You don’t have to be a medical or environmental expert to see that it isn’t a healthy situation to be in.

Have you ever wondered why it still feels like summer even though it’s supposed to be the season of falling brown leaves and pumpkin spiced lattes?

Now you can understand the culprits behind this rising issue of global warming.

Resource and Energy Consumption

The demand for manufacturing vehicles has seen an incremental change and accordingly, the earth’s resources have started depleting. Processing fuel requires a huge amount of energy as well.

Water and Soil Pollution

Unregulated shipping activities result in hazardous materials infesting the soil and water systems. It destroys agricultural lands, water resources, and crop yields.

Noise Pollution

Noise represents sounds that are chaotic and disturbing. Living near high-traffic zones can be stressful. Long-term exposure to noise above 75 dB can lead to hearing impairments.

Landscape Damage

Port, airport, and road construction destroy the forest, biodiversity, and agricultural reserves. Towns infested with vehicles no longer allow people to walk around for leisure.

First, here’s a list of eco-friendly transport alternatives to reduce your carbon footprint.

Walking

Let us stop you before you sit up indignantly and tap the close button.

We don’t mean ‘walk for five days and four nights like the good ol’ days to get to the next town’ walk.

We meant short distance. Replace the use of vehicles for any place within the range of 15-20 minutes with walking

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Written by Royal Rodrigues