Golf Carts Go Green

In the recent past, people have become more aware of how they hurt the environment; this is why we have thousands of websites, like OnAir, and thousands of organizations to help us see how we affect the Earth and its delicate ecosystems. As more of us are starting to lean towards more eco-friendly products, companies have noticed this and are rapidly creating products that will please consumers. But in Peachtree City, Georgia, there is already a product that is rare for a family not to have: golf carts.

The intended use for golf carts is self explanatory: they are used by golfers to save time and not walk to all eighteen holes. They are charged electrically, and most models used nowadays do not use any gasoline, which would emit harsh chemicals into the air. In Peachtree City, where I live, people use golf carts as a major source of transportation. More than 9,000 households own golf carts– more than any city in the world! This lowers air pollution, while also providing a more scenic road to take. Golf cart paths cut through some of the forests, but are skillfully made to leave as many trees up as possible. There are approximately 90 miles (145 kilometers) of golf cart paths that web throughout Peachtree City.

At one of the local high schools, more golf carts are driven to school than cars and buses combined! Students and teachers are encouraged to drive golf carts due to limited parking space; the plus is improving the air quality. This is not the only city that is practicing eco-friendly transportation. Lafayette, Louisiana and Goldsboro, North Carolina are two cities outside of Georgia that practice this, but there are not many other cities that actually do. Less than twenty cities in the United States have most of their population owning and driving golf carts.

Peachtree City has been ranked in the Top 100 places to live in the United States for six years, usually at a very high ranking. It is awarded this prize along with other factors, but its environmentally friendly transportation has contributed a lot to its ranking. Maybe you can try to introduce this eco-friendly way of transportation to your community and other people around it. If you can do this or attempt to, know that you are a responsible person that cares for their environment. Safe driving!

 

OnAir says: Golf carts are great for not emitting exhaust like cars do. What exhaust-less ways can people get around in your town? Got some new ideas? Let us know in the comments!

Blog on Smog

China has an outstanding economy–they are ranked in the top five economies in the world–but they have an extremely high price to pay for their success. In the past century, Asian countries such as China have jump-started their economies with specialization, in this case, manufacturing. In order to produce the goods, you need to have an energy source. What is a good energy source THAT IS CHEAP? Coal.

As supporters of clean air, you all know that coal is an extreme factor of pollution, and developing countries need the cheap resource in order to improve their economy on budget.

However, a ton of countries in Asia are over populated, the continent almost carrying a half of the Earth’s humans. How do those people get to their polluting jobs every morning? Trust me–you probably won’t see half of a company’s employees riding to work on a bicycle. Cars emit carbon dioxide into the air as these people are driving to work every day. If you look at satellite images, you can see all of this as it moves in the atmosphere. Although the economy is in good condition, China’s price is to have the worst air quality on the entire planet.

In 2008, when China held the Olympics, hundreds of athletes were concerned about breathing in the harmful air while they were competing in their events that required them to have a lot of oxygen–basically almost every event. In order to meet the athlete’s needs, Beijing shut down almost every single factory a month before and during the events. China had a low amount of particles in the air for the first time in decades.

If you live in China, it is most likely that you will die of respiratory or heart disease. When you breathe in the polluted, air the oxygen goes into your lungs to be absorbed in the bloodstream for energy. But the bad chemicals hitch a ride in there too. In the end, your lungs or heart will be filled up with so much junk that you contract one or both of the diseases, and eventually die. You can see in many pictures how the people have to wear masks-not only outside, but inside.

What China may not know is this: in the long run, the damages caused by air pollution will cost more than the efforts to fix it. Hospitals have to pay more money to treat patients who have the disease. If China works to use more energy-efficient resources, then it will profit more in its human capital resources.

Will China be able to convert? Or will they go running back to it like we do with our bad habits? The world may never know, but what it does know is that China needs to seriously consider the effects of pollution. If you were China, what would you do?

 

OnAir says: Bad air quality is bad news for health. What kinds of things can you do to improve the air quality in your town? Tell us your ideas in the comments!  Also, welcome to our newest blogger Baylor!  If you’re interested in blogging for OnAir, click here to get started.