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Module:6  Travel and Transport

Hope – Understanding God's message

The deliberate and wilful creation of desire by the advertising industry is gnawing away at us all the time. The Tempter is always there. If only we can push him to one side we can begin to see that there are better ways of doing things.

Discuss the implications of Exodus 20:17 on your life, using the wider meaning of the word covet. How can you alert yourself to it? How can you keep it in check?

Act - What we CAN do to change

Where are we now?

As with all modules on this journey we need to set down some figures to be able to make comparisons.

For a complete week record every trip that you make, how far it was, how long it took for the actual journey, what it was for and how you made it.

Day

Purpose

Distance

Time taken

How

Monday

Shopping

5 miles

20 mins

Car

Tues

History class

3 miles

25 mins

Bus

At the end of the week total up how far you have travelled. Now look closely at the list and work out how many of these trips could be done by a less energy intensive means, thereby creating less CO² in the process. Could the shopping have been done by bus? Is it possible to walk the 1.5 miles each way to the history class? Could you use a bicycle for some trips? Does it really need two trips in the car some days? Couldn't they be incorporated into one?

The Way Forward

Use your car only when there is no viable alternative.

Use bus, walk or cycle wherever possible.

When you do have to use your car, fit in as many jobs as possible at the same time.

Offer lifts to other people wherever possible. (75% of all car trips are single occupancy17)

Drive carefully to avoid harsh acceleration and braking.

Keep your car serviced and tyres maintained at the correct pressure at all times.

When you need to replace your car go for the most fuel efficient model you can with the lowest pollution rating.

Consider giving up your car, using alternatives - and hiring when there are none. It could save you a lot of money and worry!

Join a car-sharing club if one operates in your area.

17National Travel Statistics 2006

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