When I moved from Australia back to America with my three young children, I looked around my neighborhood for clues about what car I should purchase. The market here was new and different to me and I was overwhelmed with the amount of choices. In the parking lot of our school there was a row of SUVs, as far as the eye could see, at drop off and pick up. I bought one. Liked it. Loved being high up, loved being able to load the neighborhood kids into the car with all their gear and loved loading groceries in the back. Now I think I might hate my car. I hardly use the third row of seats, I cringe when I am filling the tank at the gas pump, and I wonder how my car emission is contributing to pollution and climate change as one of a gazillion of these cars in the burbs of MA. I have started telling my teenagers that I can’t possibly drive them down to our town center and that they will have to walk…and they do!!
I need a new car. I need a car that I know will just contribute a tiny bit to curbing the huge catastrophe of climate change affecting our oceans and our planet. But what to buy? Can I afford one? Hybrid? Diesel? Electric? Hopefully I will have a better sense of all of these choices after the W2O event “Roadside Assistance: Driving Change on our Streets and in Our Oceans.”