Yesterday, there was a bit of a shock to the system. As well as some disappointment because I had thought travelling to work on public transport would have meant less wear and tear on my vehicle.
However, the car failed its MOT on a fair number of points, which were quite costly to put right. Thus, I had a poor night’s sleep, thinking about ways to keep my wheels for that bit longer.
At the same time, this week there has been discussion on the radio about how we might need to radically alter our lifestyles if we are to prevent an imminent climatic catastrophe. So, if I can reduce unnecessary car journeys that bit more it can be no bad thing.
The upshot of my nocturnal machinations was the immediate decision to take the bus to work, rather than the train.
What’s the difference, you may ask… Well, unfortunately, the train station is slightly too far to walk comfortably there and back at both ends but a car journey to the station is particularly damaging to both the vehicle and the climate. On the other hand, the bus is a more time-consuming journey, although I do get to sit down and the service is more frequent.
It is frustrating that climate change does not really appear to be appreciated at a policy-making level. People travelling at all is a major issue but without an adequate number of decent public transport services to get more cars of the road, it really feels to me there is little hope.
Of course, I shouldn’t have a car at all – or a fridge freezer, central heating, clothes made out of man-made fibres and …. the list could be very long. And what can be done about all that?