Be Prepared for Life
Activity Kit Two:
High Street is full of noise, robots and parking meters. It is a street for cars rather than people. Children don't play soccer in High Street! Cars crawl past us, pollute our air, crowd our spaces, often maim and kill people, use up a huge slice of our income yet....take us anywhere we want to go quickly.
Cars are here to stay as long as we can afford the price of petrol and spare parts. They have changed our world for better and for worse. Many can't imagine life without them.
One day soon, we will have to learn how to manage without them or change cars dramatically!
The world fuel reserves get smaller every day by every car that uses our roads. There are about 350 million cars operating today. Best estimates are that they will have fuel until about 2010. Soon car and fuel prices will become too expensive to afford, but until that day comes we will have to learn to live with more and more cars.
Project 12: Traffic Watch
Cars need to be used efficiently to reduce wastage of fuel and increased air pollution.
Watch your local traffic on High Street. Count the number of cars and lorries passing your position in an hour.
What can your group do to help reduce air pollution?Write up your survey findings as an information sheet on...
HOW TO SAVE CASH IN YOUR CAR
Ask a friendly petrol station to allow you to hand out your survey information to motorists who stop for petrol.
Start a local scout car wash and valet service at which you distribute your information sheet.
DO YOU KNOW -
Project 13: What a way to go
Sometimes we don't use our transport wisely. If we buy LOCAL products there will be fewer long distance lorries on our roads. By using buses and trains we will be encouraging cheaper fares. A fully loaded bus travels 50 person/kilometers on a litre of petrol. Buses and trains save us the higher costs of using cars and result in less pollution. For those who have to use cars the roads will be less crowded, the traffic will move faster and less petrol will be wasted - our city air will be much cleaner.
Calculate the costs of using bus and car transport to different points in the city.
Ask a bus company to sponsor a local time table that you can distribute door to door in your area.
Find out the reasons why many people do not want to use the bus and negotiate with the bus company for a better timetable, cleaner bus or better route if this is the problem.
Identify a list of products that are imported by road into your town
each week. List alternative local products and encourage shoppers to buy
LOCAL whenever possible.
Encourage the use of bicycles and walking routes in your town. Campaign for bicycle lanes and clear pavements in your local press and with your civic authorities.
LETS LIVE SAFELY TOGETHER ON HIGH STREET
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