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Navigating the Green Lane: Pros and Cons of  Green Transportation

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Source: Screen cap of Zippar cable cars (green transport) from Zip Infrastructure on YouTube

Come to think about this, the Philippines is quite known for a lot of things. Home to good singers, bustling and colorful festivals, beautiful beaches… but there’s always that hitch of traffic jams in the major cities and tourist attraction spots. This decades-old problem, while not unique to the country, continues to steal a lot from Filipinos. At its core, it is not just stealing minutes and hours from Filipino commuters but stealing lives. According to UNICEF, air pollution caused an estimated 8.1 million deaths globally in 2021, with over 90% attributed to outdoor air pollution, much of which comes from the transportation sector. Is green transportation the best solution?

Traffic congestion in the Philippines highlights the urgent need for sustainable transportation solutions. This shift towards green transport isn’t merely an option but a necessity. Achieving this goal requires collective efforts from the government, communities, and other societal sectors. Last June 25, reports about the potential introduction of self-driving cable cars in Baguio spread rapidly. If successful, this feasibility study could provide a model for urban green transportation with cutting-edge technology.

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Source: Philippine News Agency

Read: ‘Wow, sosyal’: DOTr eyes self-driving cable cars in Baguio City

This initiative is just one of the many mobility innovations that the Philippines is exploring to combat air pollution and foster a healthier environment. If this is your first time hearing about such initiatives, let’s delve into the advantages and disadvantages of Green Transport.

THE GREEN SIGNAL

Sustainable mobility in the Philippines includes emerging sharing systems for e-bikes and e-scooters, the proliferation of electric vehicles, ride-sharing, and car-pooling. The benefits extend beyond reducing traffic congestion and lowering carbon emissions.

Path to Prosperity

Economically, shifting gears towards green transport warrants innovation that magnets  investments towards cleaner technologies. Which in turn fuels job opportunities and economic competitiveness on a global scale. 

Promotes Health and Well-being

Less emissions mean less pollution, leading to a healthier planet and healthier people. Green transport relies on renewable or cleaner energy sources, prioritizing the health and well-being of its users.

THE ROADBLOCKS

While promising, the transition to green transport comes with challenges that need careful consideration.

Infrastructural Challenges 

As a developing country, the Philippines faces gaps in infrastructure to support green mobility. Adopting greener transportation requires roads and charging infrastructure that are currently lacking. The recurring issues with conventional transportation, such as bumpy and battered roads, underscores that there is a lot to catch up on should there be a mass shift to green transport.

People’s Reception and Perception

Everything people innovate, people avail. The adoption of new transportation technologies depends on public acceptance. Filipinos seek efficient and accessible transportation solutions. However, the limited range, insufficient charging hubs, and high costs of green transport necessitate a shift in mindset. To embrace sustainable development in transportation, Filipinos need to be both reactive and proactive.

The Turnaround Junction

Innovations should balance the needs of people and environmental considerations. While all innovations impact nature, the goal is to minimize negative effects. The pros and cons of green transport, while not exhaustive, provide a glimpse into the potential changes ahead. As we move towards sustainable transport, our hope is to make careful, thoughtful maneuvers to avoid making the same mistakes that led us to our current traffic woes.

The road to green transportation may be challenging, but with collective effort and a forward-thinking mindset, we can create a more livable and sustainable future for the Philippines.

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