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Rahamim Talks Transportation


Transportation has come a long way since the first people travelled on foot! The first earth trails created by humans were used for carrying goods and as animals were domesticated they also contributed to the creation of tracks, roads and paths.


Technology has driven transport forward – land transport (moving around on foot, bikes, trains, automobiles) water transport (boats, ships, cargo) rail transport and aviation (transporting humans, food and cargo). The environmental impact of transport is extensive and it is a major producer of air pollution through the burning of fossil fuels and the use of energy. It is for this reason that it was included as one of the key areas in ISMAPNG’s Sustainability Policy; and as with so many other things, a little information and a few small changes can add up to big improvements in our care for Earth.



Food miles are a way of trying to calculate how far food has been transported. The effect of food miles can be measured in the pollution it creates.


What you can do to help:
Consider how far your food has traveled to reach your plate – it can be the easiest thing we can do when reducing our impact on the environment.

  1. Grow your own! Throw some seeds or seedlings in to your garden and reap the most local food you can!
  2. Shop at Farmer’s Markets and buy things seasonally and locally. It’s cheaper, healthier and supports local growers and keeps miles down.
  3. If you are buying from supermarkets, ensure that the food you are buying is grown or produced in your country of origin. Check for ‘made from local and imported goods’ as you could be buying food that has been shipped across the planet without knowing it.



Shipping has an often unseen impact on our environment. Because ships are out at sea for months at a time, we often forget how our goods get from one side of the planet to another  – 90% of global trade is carried by ships. Air pollution from ships is generated as they use cheap diesel fuel (known as bunker oil) and the engines burn high sulphur content fuel oil; they also have other negative environmental impacts through the dumping of greywater and blackwater (sewage from toilets and medical facilities), wildlife collisions and oil spills.


What you can do to help:

  1. Simplify your life – consider what you need to be happy. Rethink, refuse, reduce, repair and then recycle.
  2. Buy second hand! Buy items that have already been created, shipped and distributed through garage sales, Op-shops and local websites like Gumtree.
  3. Buy locally made items crafted from natural and renewable sources.



Road transportation is the largest contributor to climate change. It can be tricky to  make lifestyle changes to reduce the time and distance we are traveling but each of us can take one step at a time.


What you can do to help:

  1. Use human power! Walk or ride a bike for short journeys.
  2. Car pool or combine trips with others so there are fewer cars on the road.
  3. Take public transport where possible.
  4. Consider offsetting your carbon emissions of travel.
  5. Reconsider the travel you take. Combine several tasks into one, or use technology like phones, the internet and email to complete tasks.


Messages to: Ellen Geraghty


27 April 2017