Every year people around the world dump have tons of wasted food, trash, and other materials. A lot of this ends up in places it shouldn’t be such as the ocean or forests. However, there is another issue that faces our world that we may not always consider.
Automobiles. Cars and trucks have a significant impact on international air quality and in the U.S. alone they account for “33% of carbon dioxide emissions.” This is an extreme amount and one that should be considered by world leaders. The average American individual produces 11.7 tons of carbon dioxide per year. That’s in the form of a gas too. All of that gas goes into the atmosphere and causes damage to it. This is suggested to be the cause of global warming.
Another environmental impact vehicles have come from the chemicals and parts when they are broken down. There are many crashes and broken down cars each year and they usually just go to a junk yard where they will not be used again. Then, their components such as the paint, tires, and metals will begin to break down and chemicals will be released into the ground or air.
So are cars and trucks really needed for everyday use? For a lot of people it is a necessity but also there are ways to cut down on how much we use vehicles. The problem is convenience. They are common for people and why would you ride a bike or walk when you can drive somewhere? It is just the world we live in. Is there a way to change this though? Can we find a way to be cleaner for the environment and at least as efficient with some other method? Could electric cars be the answer?