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.
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.
National Geographic | Science: Coronavirus Coverage: Pollution Made COVID-19 Worse. Now Lockdowns are Clearing the Air.
With literally millions sheltering in place, the effect on the environment has been noticeable as the result of reduced car emissions are seen around the world.
The phenomena was first noticed as significant reductions in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) were observed in China from January to February. NASA chronicled the findings, click here to view.
Similar effects are continuing to be documented around the world.
What changes have you noticed in your area?
Here at GO ELECTRIC we are particularly inspired by this trend.
There is an estimated 31,905,573,840 pounds of carbon emission pumped into our air worldwide.
Traditional ride share companies using standard vehicles
generate 69% more pollution than the trips they displace
“According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, ride-hailing trips today result in an estimated 69 percent more climate pollution on average than the trips they displace… For ride-hailing to contribute to better climate and congestion outcomes, trips must be pooled and electric.”
Ride-Hailing’s Climate Risks: Steering a Growing Industry toward a Clean Transportation Future. Cambridge, MA: Union of Concerned Scientists.
On the other hand, Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) are an important component of our technology portfolio for achieving energy security and sustainability.
Go Electric is setting in motion a rideshare company that ONLY uses electric vehicles. Here’s what sets us apart:
• Every ride is considered a donation that is tax deductible.
• Our transportation service is the same cost as private sector transportation options.
• Resources generated are re-invested towards our efforts to make a real difference in the earth’s recovery and our R&D goal of an entire fleet powered by clean energy by the year 2025.
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During the past couple of months, as millions are left without a job (or working from home) GO ELECTRIC is mounting a campaign to make sure First Responders have more protective gear.
In California (the birthplace of our non-profit), teams are hard at work sewing masks. Your tax deductible donations can make a difference!
Art is being produced for sale so that funding can continue during these times.
And finally, research teams are working hard to partner with local Departments of Transportation to propose clean emission initiatives.
But most importantly our efforts revolve around your support. If you haven’t registered, please do so today! Tell a friend, tell your family, tell your co-workers.
If you haven’t donated, please do so and support a community-based charity dedicated to making a difference.
Go Electric is a 501C(3) Tax Exempt Charity.
GO ELECTRIC is a non-profit charitable organization desiring to unite a community and respond to the urgent needs of COVID-19 First Responders and to build support for an all electric car fleet rideshare service.
As outlined by our founder Joel Rizzo, “This is not about profit. This is about survival.”