We decide how we travel when it comes to the climate, what kind of example we set for our children, what kind of car we buy and how we go on holiday. The transport sector in particular is a major contributor to climate change - all the more reason to get on the "leeze" in Münsterland and turn the region into climate land.
WhileCO2 levels in other sectors are falling, emissions from car and air traffic are actually rising. Four out of five people in Germany would like to have fewer cars - this was already shown by the Federal Environment Agency's "Study on Environmental Awareness" in 2016. Results from 2018 show that the importance of environmental and climate protection has risen further: 80 percent of people, for example, would like safe cycle paths and more bicycle parking facilities for commuting by pedelec - without sweating to work including a fitness programme in the fresh air. Thanks to pedelecs, 20 to 30 kilometres to work and even inclines are no problem.
Long queues of cars in front of kindergartens and schools - stressed parents and whining kids: it doesn't have to be like that. There are almost always ways to organise the way to school on foot or by bike. Children who exercise are more balanced and concentrated. Movement is good for body coordination and strengthens self-confidence.
Walking or cycling together is an important step towards independence for children. And everything can be practised: exploring the safest way to school together with mum and dad makes you proud. Walking buses and bicycle esc orts are often offered by the school and promote belonging. Smart parents organise cycling communities with each other. All pupils are covered by statutory accident insurance on the way to and from school.
School buses also take the little ones safely to school. And if the parents' taxi cannot be avoided at all: simply form car pools !
With this station wagon, at least the second car can become superfluous. After all, cars in this country stand around unused for an average of 23 out of 24 hours. Expensive fun. A little calculation by Stiftung Warentest: With less than 10,000 annual kilometres, car sharing is cheaper than owning a car. You save on MOT, insurance, taxes, maintenance and repairs. Further information is available here: www.carsharing.de