Ok so I did exactly what I said I would do. I walked to the grocery store and back to get what I needed for breakfast and lunch. In fact I took the opportunity to get even more then just that.
The walk there took 18 minutes to be exact. So to today walk time to do this task was 36 minutes. Yes I’m good with maths! But seriously I think this was a great experience. I gave me the chance to take a breath of fresh air and I did a little bit of exercise on top of that. Specially on the way back with my back pack full of groceries weighing around 20 kilograms.
The next step will be too go to work by bike. But first I’ll have to sale my older road bike to buy another one. Why? because the one I have is impractical. I can’t put a rack on it or even fenders for that matter so when it rains, or even just after the rain when the roads are still very damped, I get dirty as hell.
On that note, what kind of bike is best for commuting to work?
Last September, I moved in to my new apartment. What I like about it is that it’s close to most of what I need to live my day to day life. Within 15 minutes of walk, I have 2 grocery stores (and soon there will be 3), a hardware store, clothing stores, a pharmacy and something like 5 different banks.
But since September of 2011, almost every time I had to get something from the grocery store, I took my car. Now, for the past week I’ve been telling myself that I should start, or should I say return to my eco-coucious habits. Winter is almost out of the way in my part of Canada so I think it’s a perfect time for take action on my environmental footprint.
I also intend on going to bed earlier. This will most likely result in less electricity usage since light will be on for shorter periods of time.
So as I’m finishing writing this post, I’ll be walking to the grocery store to buy what I need for tomorrows breakfast and lunch. Let me know what you do to make a difference in your community in terms of your environmental footprint.
Here at talkgreen, we like to showcase eco friendly things that are “Rockin”. People don’t like boring stuff and boring doesn’t bring change. The car you see in the pictures is called the Vermot AG Veritas RS III Roadster Hybrid and it’s nothing close to boring. This little thing looks like it can literally rip pieces out of the pavement and it’s powered by a V10 delivering 507-horsepower. But wait a minute… this blog is supposed to be about the environment… and you’re probably asking yourself how can a big V10 be anywhere close to environmentally friendly. The answer lies in between the front axles. Continue reading…
Here at Talkgreen, we strongly believe in riding your bike as often as possible to get to your destinations. Since we are such big fans of city biking, we though it would be very appropriate to show you the following videos. It features riders competing in the Valparaíso Downhill in Chile. If you thought the downhill races in the mountains were crazy, just wait until you see this one.
Although I was never a big fan of the car-sharing companies such as the one featured in this video, I’m more and more keen on the idea and I have to admit that if well organized and structured it can be very useful. This is specially true for people living in downtown urban areas. The main concern is accessibility. What I mean by this is if you have to walk half an hour to get to one of theses car, it takes away from the functionality aspect. On the other hand, if you can get to one in less then 5 or 10 minutes and you don’t need a car to go to work, then it becomes a plausible idea to not have a car and to use one from the car-sharing business whenever you need it.
As a guy who likes to go outside of the city on a regular basis for outdoors activities such as Snowboarding or cross-country skiing, owning a car is not even a question. But sharing one car for the household (girlfriend and I) and using one from the car-sharing company whenever the extra car is needed would be something to consider.
When it comes to being green on the roads, Canadians seems to be ahead of Americans. My friend Michael Graham Richard form treehugger wrote an article yesterday about this. In Canada 7 of the top 10 selling cars are small/compact cars the top 3 being the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla and the Mazda 3.
Michael noted that according to data from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants: “In 2008, 51.5 per cent of all light vehicles sold in Canada were entry-level — i.e. small — cars.” But what are the reasons of such a difference between Canadians and our southern neighbors. Some may say it’s a financial issue. Americans maybe have more money then Canadians and for this reason they seem to buy bigger cars. Another financial factor could be the fact that gas is more taxed in Canada.
Gas prices have shown to be a big factor in choosing a vehicle. We can take a look at Europe for a good example of this.
This is why many treehuggers think that a revenue-neutral carbon tax is the best way to make things change, and as long as you reduce other taxes (f.ex. the income tax) by a similar amount, you are not adding to people’s tax burden, and you are not trying to pick winners (like those corn ethanol subsidies from a few years ago that will be almost impossible to repeal, or the preference for hydrogen fuel cells that made CARB axe battery electric car programs like the GM EV1).
The Best-Selling Small Cars in Canada
From the Globe and Mail, all dollar amounts in Canadian dollars:
1. Honda Civic
2008 sales: 72,463
Base price: $16,9902. Toyota Corolla
2008 sales: 57,736
Base price: $14,835
2008 Sales: 50,317
Base price (sedan): $15,995
4. Toyota Yaris
2008 sales: 40,602
Base price (four-door sedan): $13,999
5. Chevrolet Cobalt
2008 sales: 33,754
Base price (sedan): $15,325
6. Hyundai Accent
2008 sales: 29,751
Base price (sedan): $14,295
7. Pontiac G5
2008 sales: 26,436
Base price (sedan): $15,745
8. Ford Focus
2008 sales: 23,654
Base price (sedan): $17,099
9. 2009 Toyota Matrix
2008 sales: 23,549
Base price: $15,975
10. Nissan Versa
2008 sales: 21,845
Base price (sedan): $12,498
If you look at gas prices these days you may tell yourself that its time to buy a big SUV or pick up truck since you can pay less then 60 cents per litre at the pump in some places. If you are one of those people you might want to think again. If you ask me I’m pretty sure that as soon as we start to go out of this recession gas prices will go skyrocketting again. Not only that but you still got to consider the impact on the environment. Things were going very good with eco friendly cars before the recession and it should stay the same now and after.
At the Paris auto show a bunch of new futuristic cars were featured. One of them was the Renault Ondelios which I personally love. The reason being that its a very eco friendly car on the construction portion. Its mostly covered in glass and features a fuel efficient diesel engine.
Now I’ll let the video give you more details on this cars.
This video from watchmojo.com attends the Paris Auto Show to discover the Hyundai i-Blue which is still a concept, for now and the company has declared it to be one of its “advanced low emission concepts.”
Here is a part of the press release from Hyundai on their blue drive technology:
Hyundai´s First U.S. Hybrid System Uses Breakthrough Lithium Polymer Batteries and Leapfrogs Existing Nickel–Metal Hydride and Lithium–Ion Technology
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19, 2008 – Hyundai Motor America announced today the launch of Blue Drive an environmental initiative which will bring to market a family of eco–friendly Blue Drive products and establish Hyundai as an environmental leader. With Blue Drive products and technologies, Hyundai will be able to achieve a fleet average of 35 miles per gallon by 2015, five years ahead of government requirements. During a news conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the company revealed plans for its first U.S.–market gas–electric full hybrid (to be offered in the next–generation Sonata), introduced a sleek crossover concept powered by a turbocharged gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine, and announced future high–mileage editions of the Accent and Elantra, underscoring its global commitment to sustainable transportation.
Blue Drive At–a–Glance
– Hyundai plans to lead all automotive brands in the U.S. in fuel economy by achieving a fleet average of 35 miles per gallon by 2015, five years ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration´s (NHTSA) deadline, powered by the Hyundai Blue Drive global product strategy.
– Hyundai will begin building a gas–electric full hybrid edition of the next–generation Sonata for the North
American market in 2010. This Sonata will use a parallel hybrid drive system and lithium polymer
battery technology – leapfrogging competitive in–market nickel–metal hydride and planned lithium–ion applications.
– Near–term, high mileage “Blue” editions of Accent and Elantra will join the Hyundai Blue Drive family in 2009.
– An all–new crossover, shown in concept form with a 2.0–liter Theta turbocharged GDI four–cylinder
engine, is green lighted for the U.S. market. The engine will appear in various Hyundai models in the
– Long–term, the Hyundai Blue Drive family will be expanded to include Plug–in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
(PHEV) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV).
“Hyundai aims to be the most fuel–efficient automaker on the planet,” said John Krafcik, vice president, Product Development and Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “We´re aligning our global R&D resources in Michigan, California, Nam Yang, and Frankfurt to develop the Blue Drive technologies we need to achieve our goal – a 35 mpg U.S. fleet average by 2015.”