Broaden Your Reach

Today we continue our focus on transportation by looking at ways to broaden our reach. Individual behavior change is necessary and important in creating the world in which we want to live. Individual actions inspire, motivate, and change culture, especially when enough people work together to make a difference.  Here at NWEI, we focus on individual behavior change and small group learning through our discussion courses and in our EcoChallenge.

But we also see the vital importance of working together to change our infrastructure, political systems, and broader cultural constructs, as well.

Today’s proposed action is: Broaden your reach.

Cars produce about 20 percent of U.S. carbon emissions and consume about 44 percent of the oil we use. Consider contacting your representative about implementing a fuel tax or raising the standards for fuel efficiency in your state. Environment America is working on some great campaigns aimed at getting America off oil.

Also, consider contacting your Congressperson and Department of Transportation and telling them of the merits of a U.S. Bicycle Route System,  an interstate network of bicycle routes for national non-motorized transportation. You can find out more information here and see what’s going on in your state here.

For the weekend:

Enjoy non-motorized fun, for your health and for the health of the planet. Go for a bike ride, either to a destination you’ve already planned, or just for fun. Or take a hike and enjoy the weather your area has to offer in the spring. Take a picture celebrating your surroundings and how you got there.  Send your pictures to, and we’ll post them on our blog!

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