Several species of penguins whose habitats are endangered by climate change today urged Americans to go green for Earth Day 2008 by taking motorcoaches, the most environmental way to travel because of buses’ drastically lower carbon dioxide emissions compared with airlines, trains, and automobiles, according to several studies.
With the help of an educational eight-page booklet produced on their behalf by the American Bus Association, the penguins sent a powerful message to policy-makers titled “Save A Penguin. Take A Motorcoach.” The penguins urged media to download and read the brochure.
“By supporting motorcoach transportation, which gets 184 passenger miles per gallon and is the most fuel efficient way to travel, you might just help save an ice cap or two,” said ABA President & CEO Peter J. Pantuso. “As gas prices climb toward $4 per gallon, and Americans become more ecologically conscious, we have a perfect opportunity to raise awareness among policy-makers and the public about the importance of taking buses to help save the planet and preserve penguins.”
Motorcoaches provide congestion mitigation benefits in that each full motorcoach takes up to 55 single-occupant cars off the road at one time.
Motorcoaches also play a crucial role in reducing energy use and in helping America cut its dependence on foreign sources of fuel, without sacrificing amenities such as upholstered seats, personal climate controls, entertainment systems and restrooms.
“Park your car for a penguin,” Pantuso concluded. “If they could talk, penguins would say, ‘Think of us and take the bus. Motorcoaches are nice and help save our ice.”
This Earth Day and beyond, try to do at least a little something to help out. Over the past year, I’ve linked to numerous articles in my del.icio.us feed and mentioned some in entries here about how several species of penguins are threatened by not only climate change but other threats including ourselves and our industries. I know it sounds cliché but every little bit helps and try to do what you can. Political debate aside, the truth still is that this is the only Earth we have and the same goes for the penguins. Once a species goes extinct, we can’t bring them back.