In the article “Why the climate fight needs engineers”, Shah (2015) mentions that Edwin Kew, deputy president of IES (Institution of Engineers) stated that ‘urbanisation and population growth’ had made cities in Asia more susceptible to climate changes. The author also mentions that the ‘Engineers Progression Pathway Programme’ was launched to enhance the set of skills engineers have so that they can adapt to a ‘new sustainable urban and economic system’. With this enhancement programme, engineers are able to learn problem solving skills to achieve sustainability to solve the current climate issues. I agree with the article that the climate fight needs engineers but I feel that individuals can also fight the climate change by educating themselves on ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by reconsidering their transportation.
First and foremost, we have to try to cut down on unnecessary means of transportation, as one of the major causes of global warming is car-related emissions. The less we drive, the less petroleum gas will be burnt and the less greenhouse gases are released to the air. In the article “How to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions”, the author mentions that car-pooling with other people to school or work is one of the actions people can take to help reduce carbon emissions. It is better for an individual to share their ride with others if they are heading to the same destination rather than each individual driving their own personal car there. If the intended destination is nearby, people may also consider cycling there as it does not harm the environment and it promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Secondly, people should also consider other modes of transportation before utilizing their own private transportation. If a place is easily accessible by public transport, they should maximise the public transport instead of driving to that place. In the article “Sectoral Measures to Reduce Emissions”, the author states that “A single-deck bus can transport about 80 passengers at any one time, while an average passenger car only carries up to 5 persons.” Although buses and trains releases carbon emissions, they are more efficient than a personal vehicle as they transport more people at one time.
Lastly, if driving is the only option of transportation, people can consider to switch their cars to hybrid-electric cars, which release lesser carbon emissions. One positive point about hybrid-electric cars is that it run partly on electricity and partly on gas. It only consumes electricity during idling and it consumes gas when the vehicle is moving and accelerating. According to Ong (2011), hybrid-electric cars do not come cheap but they are cheaper on a long term basis as they consume lesser gas than any other ordinary cars. As there are many traffic lights in Singapore roads, it is always start-stop traffic situation which results in vehicles releasing more carbon into the air. In order to reduce the release of carbon emissions, people may consider to drive a hybrid-electric car as it uses the electricity during idling which in turn does not release any carbon emissions. The new system in the hybrid-electric car will stop the engine when the vehicle is stopped at any moment which in turn reduces carbon emissions.
In conclusion, I agree that we need engineers to fight climate change but I strongly believe that every individual can also play a part to help reduce carbon emissions in the air if we advise them on how to choose the best mode of transportations. It is important to note that if we all work together to think twice before we drive our vehicles, we can help to fight against climate change.
-Shah, V. (2015). Why the climate fight needs engineers Eco-Business. Retrieved from http://www.eco-business.com/news/why-the-climate-fight-needs-engineers/
-4 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Greenhouse Gas Emissions. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.wikihow.com/Reduce-Your-Greenhouse-Gas-Emissions
-Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Transportation Sector Emissions | Climate Change | US EPA. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/sources/transportation.html
–Sectoral Measures to Reduce Emissions (Up to 2020)26. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nccs.gov.sg/nccs-2012/sectoral-measures-to-reduce-emissions-up-to-2020.html
-Ong-. R. (2011, December 30). Owning a Prius in Singapore: The pros and cons.-MoneySmart.sg. Retrieved from http://blog.moneysmart.sg/car-ownership/owning-a-prius-in-singapore-the-pros-and-cons/