“Environmental planning covers a wide range of concerns having to do, generally, with minimizing the damage that human activity does to the natural environment” (Levy 307).
The automobile was one of the greatest inventions of its time. It allowed for faster and easier transportation and has impacted society in various ways. The invention of the automobile has directly affected family lifestyles, the economy, and the environment. The automobile has completely shaped the way society works – in both good and bad ways, but one of the most serious outcomes of the automobile is what it has done to our planet and specifically what the New Jersey transportation branch is doing to the earth.
According to NJ Environment News, New Jersey must reduce global-warming pollution in the transportation sector. “In New Jersey, transportation accounts for 53 percent of global-warming emissions” (NJ Must, Tom Johnson). The goal is to get low-carbon vehicles on the road in order to lessen the emission of greenhouse gases.
New Jersey must be more aggressive with finding a solution to this current problem. The amount of effects that scientists have predicted in the past that will hurt life on this planet are innumerable and are now occurring.
For areas of the Northwest specifically “Changes in the timing of streamflow reduce water supplies for competing demands. Sea level rise, erosion, inundation, risks to infrastructure and increasing ocean acidity pose major threats. Increasing wildfire, insect outbreaks and tree diseases are causing widespread tree die-off” (Consequences of Global Climate Change).
John Levy, author of Contemporary Urban Planning states that “climate change is likely to be the overarching environmental problem…[and] the biggest force behind global warming is the increasing level of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere” (Levy, 308-309). And a big factor that plays into this predicament is automobile use in New Jersey.
Due to suburban sprawl, New Jersey is a very car dependent state. But steps can be taken in order to lessen the emissions of greenhouse gases. Many clean-energy advocates believe that the fastest way to cut the emissions of gases in the atmosphere is to make the transition of gasoline-fueled vehicles to electric vehicles.
According to the US Department of Energy, New Jersey is falling behind other states in terms of the amount of charging stations available to people. The scientists have the solutions to make the world more earth-friendly, but we the people have to be the ones to actually make it happen.
“Energy planning and transportation policy are inextricably linked and…the pattern of land use are closely tied” (Levy, 309). If so, policies must be put into action in order to take advantage of the technological advancements we have at our fingertips. To fully make transportation by electricity work, the planning boards and policy makers must work together in order to maximize the usage of the electric car.
A change must be made and it must be done correctly in order to ensure the longevity of human existence.Without the collaboration of transportation policy makers and energy planners we are all doomed.
Levy, John M. Contemporary Urban Planning. 10th ed. New York: Routledge, 2013. Print.