Transportation

Driven by Values

Here are three simple things we can do:

  1. Choose an alternative to driving:
    Next time you need to get to the grocery store or to work, ask yourself if you can get there by walking, bicycling, or taking public transportation.
  2. Purchase with prudence:
    When you find yourself in the market for a new automobile, remember that buying a car is a moral choice. Consider buying a fuel-efficient car that conserves energy and does the least damage to the environment.
  3. Speak your mind – and heart:
    If you are willing to do your part to reduce the harmful effects of global warming, shouldn’t automakers and political leaders meet you half way?

Because it’s not just about vehicles, it’s about values.

Host a Bike to …

(Church/Synogogue/Temple/Mosque etc.) on (Sunday/Saturday/Friday) – whatever terms or days fits!

Earth Ministry reports that one community organized a local, ecumenical “Bike-to-Church Day. In observance of Earth Day, this event invited people to give their cars and the Earth a Sabbath by biking to worship. They then each shared the joys of their rides with others during the service.

Of course, mass transit or human-powered transportation is the most environmentally-friendly forms of transportation (and those human-powered modes can be an efficient way to add exercise to your daily routine).

The “What Would Jesus Drive?” Campaign

What would Jesus do? Christians ask themselves this question when they face the often-difficult choices they confront in daily life. The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) used a variation of this question – “What Would Jesus Drive?” – in a campaign that stresses that transportation is a moral issue. One of the things we choose to do is to drive.

For more information about this campaign, go to www.whatwouldjesusdrive.org. There’s an excellent set of Fact Sheets on this website. You can also view the TV ad that was aired as part of this campaign.