By DINNA LOUISE C. DAYAO, gmanetwork.com
Introducing the Unlitrike. The electric tricycle takes its name from the words “unlimited” and “tricycle.” While the Unlitrike runs, it recharges its battery, eliminating the need to plug into any power source.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Earth Day Network Philippines Inc. (EDNPI) are set to launch the “Unlitrike” on Earh Day, April 22.
“That takes away carbon emissions,” said Roberto Guevarra, EDNPI chair. An electric vehicle (EV) like the Unlitrike runs on energy stored in batteries. These batteries can be charged using solar, wind, or hydropower. As a result, EVs don’t burn fuel and have no emissions.
In contrast, all motor vehicles burn oil and emit carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 traps heat in the atmosphere; it helps bring about global warming. This means that each time we use a motor vehicle to get from Point A to Point B, we contribute to climate change.
So on Earth Day and beyond, let’s think of ways to green our rides, which is good for the planet, our wallets, and our communities. Let’s make it our Plan A, because we have no Planet B.
Here are three steps we can take to curb our carbon emissions. They are adapted from the “Avoid-Shift-Improve” approach to sustainable transport.