Temperatures in the Artic Ocean hit the highest levels in human history. Why does this matter? What are some simple steps that you can do to avoid being a contributor or at least reduce your footprint?

The Washington Post reported that for the first time in human history “the climate system sounded simultaneous alarms. Near the entrance to the Arctic Ocean in northwest Russia, the temperature surged to 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius). Meanwhile, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eclipsed 415 parts per million.” – Read article

This is notable because the increase in carbon emissions has risen in recent years as the following graph illustrates:

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Washington Post: 84 Degrees Near the Arctic Ocean This Weekend as Carbon Dioxide Hit its Highest Level in Human History


Go Electric appreciates the candor reported when the article goes on to mention, “By themselves, these are just data points. But taken together with so many indicators of an altered atmosphere and rising temperatures, they blend into the unmistakable portrait of human-induced climate change.”

What can be done? Go Electric is supporting the use of methods to reduce the footprint of our modes of transport. Help support Go Electric’s Platform for rideshare change.

This may seem like a small insignificant step. Yet, recent reports of cleaner skies due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel indicate how quickly improvements can be measured when carbon emissions are reduced. Small steps matter.

GO ELECTRIC invites you to learn more.

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Reference:
Washington Post: 84 Degrees Near the Arctic Ocean This Weekend as Carbon Dioxide Hit its Highest Level in Human History

“Globally, we haven’t seen a drop this big ever, and at the yearly level, you would have to go back to World War II to see such a big drop in emissions,” said Corinne Le Quéré, a professor of climate change science at the University of East Anglia in the U.K., and the study’s lead author. “But this is not the way to tackle climate change — it’s not going to happen by forcing behavior changes on people. We need to tackle it by helping people move to more sustainable ways of living.” Click to read more.

The report published by NBC News on May 19th, 2020 goes on to further relate that “the sharpest decline in carbon emissions — making up 43 percent of the total decrease — came from reduced traffic from cars, buses and trucks.”

GO ELECTRIC is working hard to contribute to sustainable cleaner transportation. Find out more at: https://goonlyelectric.org/we-can-change-together/

Reference:
NBC News Report: Carbon Emissions Dropped 17 Percent Globally Amid Coronavirus

Studies performed by the Center for Climate, Health, and Global Environment at Harvard University suggest that residents of heavily polluted areas are more likely to experience the severest cases of coronavirus. Click to read study.

Why is this? Is reversal of air pollution possible?

It is an undisputed fact that air pollution weakens the immune system. As early as 2003, with cases of the SARS virus, it was discovered that 84% of people who contracted the virus living in heavily air polluted areas were more likely to have severe complications.

Reducing air pollution is not only possible but is necessary for change. Learn more about Go Electric’s 1-SOLUTION to contribute to cleaner air.

Healthcare workers on the frontline are the ones to see first hand the connection between our health and air pollution, especially in the face of an epidemic.

First Responders are tasked to travel to and from hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities to support the needs of the public.

Many of these workers use rideshare services (Taxi, Uber, Lyft) to arrive to these destinations daily.

Did you know that you can help donate towards free rides for these valued workers? CLICK HERE to learn about the link between clean energy transportation and supporting our healthcare workers, all while reducing air pollution.

Reference:
BBC Future Planet: How Air Pollution Exacerbates COVID-19. 

But What Do We Do Afterward?

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept around the globe, governmental regulations prohibiting or limiting businesses and transportation resulted in sharp declines in fine particles in the environment known as PM2.5 (nitrogen dioxide NO2). These particles are only emitted by the burning of fossil fuels, primarily in vehicles and domestic industry.

Read National Geographic article: Pollution Made COVID-19 Worse. Now Lockdowns are Clearing the Air

Will cleaner, clearer air continue? Or will it be just a temporary (yet beautiful) positive effect ironically seen during this time of much distress? Much may depend on what we do today.

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As the previously cited National Geographic article aptly states, “The cleaner pandemic skies do show how fast we can bring down pollution when we reduce our burning of fossil fuels.”

Now that the discussion of cleaner air due to reduced pollutants is on the mind of the general public, those supporting the use of methods to reduce the footprint of modes of transport are gathering a community of people interested in viable options for improvement. We need your support.

DONATE today and help support Go Electric’s Platform for rideshare change

Reference:
National Geographic | Science: Coronavirus Coverage: Pollution Made COVID-19 Worse. Now Lockdowns are Clearing the Air.