Take a Giant Step:
Leave Your Car at Home
Photo by: Greg Boege/
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Two-thirds of the oil the average American consumes—and we consume a lot—goes into our cars and trucks as gasoline. This petroleum dependence fuels the massive demand that leads to pressure to drill in ecologically important areas like the Gulf and the Arctic.
In one year, a typical car driven by an average American commuting to and from work emits more than three tons of greenhouse gases. If every American spent one car-free day—carpooling, walking, biking, or taking public transportation—the reduction in demand, congestion, and pollution would be dramatic.
Yes, I'll leave my car home for one day.