Flying to the beach or a family reunion? Attending a conference on the coast? Venturing into a new culture or habitat? Enjoy your travels. But think about them too.
Transportation constitutes about 25% of greenhouse gas emissions in MN. How we get around really matters. Aircraft emit staggering amounts of CO2. The United States is by far the largest aviation carbon polluter, responsible for nearly half of worldwide CO2 emissions from aircraft. The EPA just released a climate change and public health endangerment finding for airplane emissions.
Best action -- avoid high carbon-footprint trips whenever you can. Second best action – make sustainable trips more possible for more people. Climate change is global -- but solutions can be local! Tip the transportation balance toward a healthier planet…
…and share the love here at home. Your Transpo Tip-Up tax-deductible donations to Cycles for Change enable us to do what we do best – put folks on bikes. All those two-wheel trips create a healthier planet that we can enjoy right here where we live.
How Transpo Tip-Up Works:
Make your self-assessed tax-deductible donation every time you fly. Tip Up generously – we suggest 5% of the cost of your airfare every time you fly (that’s just $15 on a $300 ticket). Your donation allows Cycles for Change to provide more local folks with ability to rely on bicycles for transportation – particularly our esteemed Learn to Ride classes (adults love this class!) and our Bike Grant program that puts emerging bicycle leaders from underserved communities on affordable bikes.
$35 provides helmet, lock and lights to one bike grant participant
$50 provides 3 hours of staff support in open shop
$100 provides training for one participant in our learn-to-ride classes
Want more background? Some sobering reality about your flight. Aircraft emit staggering amounts of CO2, the most prevalent manmade greenhouse gas, as well as nitrogen oxide, sulphates, and particulate matter. The United States is by far the largest aviation carbon polluter, responsible for nearly half of worldwide CO2 emissions from aircraft. Emissions at high altitude have a more potent global warming effect than if released at ground level. And do you admire the jet contrails across the MN skies? They are associated with increased cirrus cloud cover, which trap heat on the Earth’s surface.