On April 22nd, people from all over the world will celebrate Earth Day. And in honour of the event, we want to highlight some of the things we’re doing that help the province reduce its carbon footprint.
A focus on the environment might not be the first thing you associate with a transportation ministry. After all; we’re just about building roads and working to make our highways safe, right? Well, yes, we do those things, but we are also taking the steps to help reduce the impact we’re having on the world around us.
- Since 2001, with the help of BikeBC, we have developed over 200 km of new bike lanes and trails to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and walk or bike to work instead. Just by leaving your car at home once or twice a week, and walking, biking or taking transit, you can have a positive impact on your health and the environment.
- British Columbia is leading the world in new technologies like BC Transit’s fleet of hydrogen powered buses which produce no greenhouse gas emissions and are much cleaner for the environment.
- As part of the TranBC‘s Greening the Border initiative, a traffic signal at the Peace Arch Boarder Crossing was installed to recommend drivers turn off their cars while waiting. Idling time has been reduced by 20 minutes.
These initiatives, along with the introduction of new public transit services throughout the province, will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4.7 million tonnes by 2020, this is the equivalent of taking over 800,000 passenger vehicles off of our roads.
This year on Earth Day, think about leaving your car at home. Try taking the bus, riding your bike or even walking to work. Every little thing counts, and we can all do our part to help the planet.