I guess I’m what you could call an armchair environmentalist.
Standing on the side of the road on Unter den Linden (the main drag in East Berlin) in 1990, being choked by the fumes emanating from the hundreds of two-stroke Trabants and Wartburgs passing by, I became convinced at an early age that once fouled, the air we breathe becomes much less enjoyable. I’m no environmental crusader, but certain things are just common sense. I try not to throw things out before they’re used up or broken beyond repair. I try not to take more than I need. I recycle.
That having been said, I still drive on the weekends, and when I go camping, I light a fire, even if I don’t need to; I’m certainly no tree-hugging granola-muncher.
Yes, you’re in the right place; this is a personal finance blog.
I can’t claim the halo of being a hard-core environmentalist, but it struck me the other while on a walk that lots of frugal habits, as well as being financially sound, have the additional benefit of being good for the environment.
Public transportation has a reputation in much of North America as being for kids and poor people. This erroneous idea seems to be more common in small to medium-sized cities, where the public transportation networks are less developed than in really large cities. In very large urban centres, on the other hand, public transportation is sometimes the only practical and affordable means of transportation for (financially) average people. Obviously, if where you live determines whether it is even possible or, conversely, absolutely necessary, to use public transportation, then the decision has already been made. For those of you who have the option, but maybe haven’t considered it recently, here are some reasons why you should think again about taking public transportation.