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The average commuter emits more than 1,320 pounds of CO2 every year just by driving to work and back. When you carpool with just one other person, you can both cut your carbon emissions in half! You also save time (if you only drive half the time, you can read or catch up on work the other half), save money on gas and parking, and help to conserve the world’s dwindling fossil fuels.
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While essential to our way of life, there’s no escaping the fact that cars are a problem. The American Lung Association reports that 30,000 people are killed by car emissions annually, and that’s just in the United States. There are now more than a billion cars on the planet, and 78% of all car rides involve only one person. There’s obviously room for improvement. The number of cars on the road today contributes to a broad range of problems, from traffic congestion to air pollution, dwindling natural resources to global warming = excess CO2 in the atmosphere is the leading cause of climate change.
When you join a carpool, you’ll be surprised at how many personal benefits there are. You may very well find yourself less stressed, as you spend less time driving but get where you’re going faster as you make use of dedicated carpool lanes. You also get the satisfaction of doing the right thing: carpooling, or car-sharing, is one of the most effective and easiest ways to reduce carbon emissions, traffic congestion and travel costs. The InDeed Guide to Carpooling, delivered to your email inbox when you click Count Me In, is loaded with tips on how to start and sustain a carpooling arrangement so that you can become a part of the solution to the global environmental crisis.