Challenge no. 709 Mar, 2019 Blog
We are thrilled to announce our seventh World-Changer Challenge…
Leave the car at home
Now that spring has sprung and we can safely venture outside without saying ‘brrrrr’, we thought it would be a fun challenge to swap four wheels for two (or none), by cycling or walking a small distance when you might previously have been tempted to take the car.
We’re not suggesting you get up an hour earlier to trek your work commute, but we’re all guilty of “just taking the car” to the shop around the corner or to the gym down the road. According to Friends of the Earth, a whopping two thirds of all UK car journeys are under five miles. However, air pollution is a major contributor to ill health in the UK, and is estimated to contribute to
the shortening of the lives of around 40,000 people a year. Not to mention the effect on the environment…
Let’s get walking!
Walking/cycling rather than driving those short journeys doesn’t just help the planet (unless, of course, your drive an electric car), it also has many other benefits! Walking will save money on petrol and parking. It’s also a fun way of exercising and appreciating your surroundings as you do so. Being outdoors has a positive effect on our mental health – and this has been scientifically proven!
The pioneering study suggests that positive effects of a single exposure to nature, can last for seven hours after an individual has experienced it. And talking of mental health, walking is far less stressful than driving, as you avoid queues and the resulting dreaded road rage!
So why not don your comfiest shoes and get walking out in the sun this week? Let us know how you get on using the hashtag #OpenUpToChange on social media or by writing to us. We’d also love to hear any ideas for the next World-Changer Challenge!
About the World-Changer Challenge
Here at Advent of Change, we aim to create a world that is fair, equal and sustainable. As part of that mission, we have developed The World-Changer Challenge: a weekly challenge inspiring a small day-to-day change with a big impact on the world. It’s the little things that add up, and together we have the power to make a huge impact.