The fast increase in the number of cars havebrought along many related problems which are wellworth our greatest attention.
First of all, urban traffic is getting from bad to worse. I’d like to cite my own experience asan example. Five years ago, it took me about 30 minutes to drive from home to office. Oneyear later, I needed to spend about 40 minutes on the way. Then two years later, I had tostart out from home at least 1 hour earlier in order to get to my office on good time for work.And then, since last year, it has just been too normal for me to spend about one and half hoursto make it. The traffic just moves like a worm!
Second, with the ever growing number of cars, air quality in urban areas is deterioratingwith each passing day. We used to see clear blue sky and breathe fresh air, but now this wouldbe a real luxury. Car exhaust has seriously polluted the air and people’s health is greatlyendangered. It seems certain that we human beings have already made a fatal mistake thatcould only be remedied by bringing down the number of cars hugely.
Sure, we can not deny the fact that cars have brought us speed, comfort and greatermobility. However, these have already been history. We are suffering much more from carsthan benefiting from them. Our health conditions are going down rapidly both due to thepolluted air that we have to breathe every second and our lack of exercise as a result of theever increasing amount of time we have to spend behind the wheel!
What can we do? From the foregoing discussion, I’m sure we have already found asolution: to discourage people to use cars! I know very well that science and technology arealso developing very fast and there might be better solutions coming up in the future, but,before that, let’s first salvage ourselves in such a passive way!
Ironically，we, human beings, are now facing a series of environment-related issues ranging from various contamination to global warming to the depletion of natural resources although our economy keeps on prospering. As to how to address environmental issues, an opinion seems to enjoy great popularity that personal efforts are too trivial to optimize our living surroundings, however, the issue is surely relevant to each individual citizen.
No matter how small personal involvement in environmental conservation might be, it is the unshakable obligation of every individual to safeguard the environment. The amelioration of the environment should and could be realized by every kind of little effort. A number of examples might justify my stand, instead of depending on private cars excessively, the public should be inspired to take public transit, walk on foot or ride bicycles, which could mitigate the pollution induced by public transport. Imaginably, we could enjoy a cleaner and quieter environment if there are few vehicles on the roads. Meanwhile, provided that we have to utilize personal cars, it is highly recommend that we should purchase and drive compact cars or full-cell-driven cars.
Also, raising the environmental protection awareness and fostering eco-friendly lifestyle should be advocated among every individual. More precisely, we could reduce the frequency of use of paper and do more on-line reading, we could visit places of interest close to home instead of traveling far away to remote tourist attractions and we could save electricity and cherish water such as turning on the air conditioning only when we have to, or turning off water tap tightly.
Granted, I have to admit that some severe environmental pollution, such as global warming or sea contamination, might fail to be resolved only by personal effort. In this sense, the role of governments in environmental management is challenging but inescapable because the government is the only legalized institution that may formulate legislations related to environmental problems. However, I want to rebut that without the cooperation, participation, and honest hard work of every individual, every governmental policy relating to greenism will end up becoming useless and meaningless.
Overall，I re-affirm my stand that no matter how tiny personal efforts might be, they still work. After all, governmental policy depends on the implementation of every eco-friendly person. The earth is our shared home and every one of us should assume the responsibility of safeguarding it, not only for ourselves but also for the later generations.