More than half of the world’s population lives in cities (they will be 2/3 of the world’s population in 2050). Cities concentrate 60% of economic activity and polluting emissions, due to the high population density and traffic saturation.
According to the WHO, 91% of the population lives in places where the air quality exceeds the contamination limits recommended by the WHO. Our current mobility model is one of the main generators of CO emissionstwo. Transport accounts for 25% of total greenhouse gas emissions in Spain, of which road transport accounts for almost 95%.
The problems it generates for the environment and people’s health highlight the need to promote more sustainable mobility initiatives to reduce emissions and improve air quality.
How can you do it?
Walking to the sites, when possible due to distance and time, will always be the most sustainable solution. In addition to not generating CO emissionstwo nor have any added cost, walking has benefits for our health:
- It reports benefits on blood pressure and prevents the early onset of high blood pressure, as well as the risks associated with type 2 diabetes.
- Walking at a moderate intensity between 150 and 300 minutes a week or equivalent to 40 minutes, four days a week, can prevent the development of diabetes by up to 35%.
moving by bike
It is not just another means of transport. There are a variety of benefits associated with cycling for our environment and our health:
- It improves physical and mental health by increasing strength and endurance, increasing life expectancy and our lung capacity while reducing sedentary lifestyle.
- In our cities: reduces congestion and traffic stress, does not produce noise or emit COtwo, while contributing to energy savings and minimizing the pressure on public transport.