Just think: Instead of four cars belching pollution on the roadways, you could share one and reduce your carbon footprint dramatically. But how do you get started? Here are the easy steps for starting a carpool and reduce your negative impact on the environment:
In the workplace
1. Send out a group email or put up a notice at work; you may be surprised how many people live near enough to you that they would be willing to carpool.
2. Come up with a schedule and a route that feels workable, figure out the timing (always allow some extra time for traffic jams and other eventualities), and try it. Have a back-up plan in case the designated driver gets sick.
3. Try a three-warning whistle-blowing system for habitual latecomers who make the whole car late for work: three strikes and you’re out of the pool.
These can be carpooled, too. Talk to your neighbors and organize a cooperative shopping day. If you’re a sociable type, it makes shopping a lot more fun.
Supporting local farms
If you have a local farm that sells fresh produce, pooling trips to pick it up can make it a real celebration rather than a chore.
This can be especially helpful if you have children. Figure out where you want to go (choose thrift shops if you really want to reduce your impact on the environment!) pack everybody into one vehicle, and go to town!