One month gas prices are through the roof forcing most of us to reevaluate our driving habits, the next they're at unbelievable lows! What gives? I'm actually glad that the all too recent skyrocketed prices forced us all to step back and realize how much we over-rely on gas. When you think about it, what else would have forced us to evaluate our consumption as a nation and readjust our reliance; we were hit right where it hurts, in our wallets. The cool news is, according to Transportation Secretary, Mary Peters, we are changing our driving habits, doing with less gas despite the drop in prices as of late.
Naturally, mass transit is seeing a boost in commuter usage which has its obvious environmental advantages. Remember that soccer mom who shouted an affirmative "way to go Emme!" as she passed me in her SUV while I was waiting at my local bus stop? Well, I'm not such a lone rider these days as noticeably more have joined the relaxing, "enviro-friendly way" into Manhattan. I still swear by it, when the bus is on time!
We can make a huge impact on minimizing the depletion of our resources if we continue to change. What we are learning is that merely living within our means without overextending ourselves has the potential to make a noticeable dent in conservation as well as our wallets. As a nation, we need to embrace with open arms what else we can do to help get out of the environmentally unfriendly situation we have gotten ourselves into, not to mention the financial crisis at hand.
Doesn't it strike you as oddly coincidental that conserving our money in these tough economic times has a corresponding positive effect on Mother Nature? In a way, we are interestingly enough being forced to treat her more kindly. Well maybe everything happens for a reason and maybe there are no such things as coincidences. It's really up to you to choose what you want to believe, but I am encouraged by the change that is happening, lets keep it coming!