Here's a simple way to travel greener and smarter. When planning your next trip, enter your starting point and destination on a site called HootRoot. It then scans Google Maps and HopStop’s transit database to give you directions and compare your carbon dioxide emissions. The goal: get you from point A to point B by minimizing your environmental impact.
Here’s how it works: let’s say you’re Harrison Ford and you and your wife are staying in the Hotel 1000, a luxury hotel in Seattle.
But when you emerge from a relaxing shower, you discover your wife’s been kidnapped by bad men (this happens to Harrison Ford a lot).
Worse, they’ve snuck your wife across the border and are now holding her hostage at the Waldorf Hotel in East Vancouver, BC, a funky hotel billed as a creative hub “where contemporary art, music, food and culture convene under one roof.”
You’re Harrison Ford so naturally you’ll try to rescue your wife. But you also want to do it in the greenest way possible. What’s a hero to do? Check your options on HootRoot!
Enter the addresses of both hotels (Start: 1000 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA; Finish: 1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC), and HootRoot calculates your travel & emission options.
For example, taking a commercial flight to save your wife will take only 19 minutes, but emit 373.77 lbs in CO2.
Driving to save your wife will take 2 hours and 47 minutes and generate 150.46 lbs CO2.
Ah but if you take transit to save your wife (HootRoot recommends boarding one Amtrak train and a variety of buses) it’ll take you 4 hours and 28 minutes but only generate 18.53 lbs CO2.
Or save her by bike, Harrison Ford!
Cycling from Seattle to Vancouver only takes 15 hours and 39 minutes and creates zero CO2. And if you walk from Seattle to Vancouver, you can rescue your wife in just 47 hours and 52 minutes while generating a whopping 0.0 carbon dioxide emissions.
Way to go, Harrison Ford! That’s how to be a real hero.
-- Ken Hegan
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