The autosages are people who are striving to live harmoniously with and in their environment and who are particularly conscious of their vehicle's gas emissions.

The project " Easy on the pedal! Become autosage citizens" was launched in September 2003 in order to achieve the following objectives:

1- make members of the participating groups and the general population aware of climate change and impacts of vehicle emissions;

2- encourage citizens to adopt pro-environmental behaviours that will effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars (ex. reducing idling time, reducing driving speed, ensuring tire are well inflated, driving less, using public transportation, etc.).

Project necessity

The transportation sector is an important emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2) and thus contributes to climate change. There are approximately 530 millions vehicles on the roads worldwide today and they emit approximately 2 billion tons of CO2 every year (Dauncey and Mazza, 2001). Even with new technologies, vehicle emissions have not decreased; on the contrary, today's transportation modes are more rapid and more personal which consumes more energy (Jancovici, 2002). However, some behaviours may help in limiting our vehicle emissions: carpooling, reducing idling time, reducing speed, checking tire inflation, etc. It is urgent that these behaviours be known and practiced widely if we are to reduce the severity of climate change.

Why you?

The impacts of car emissions on climate change will affect all human beings, therefore we believe the solutions must also involve everyone.

Workshops

In order to achieve the objectives stated above, a series of three workshops have been prepared.

1- The first workshop is an introduction to climate change and looks at transportation, greenhouse gas emissions and links to climate change. A short sketch will be presented to help participants reflect on their own vehicle use and impacts.

2- The second workshop will focus on information pertaining to the causes, the signs, and the impacts of climate change. At the end of the workshop, a list of behaviours that can help reduce vehicle emissions will be presented and each participant will be invited to test them for a certain time.

3- The third workshop will look at the amounts of CO2 saved by the different groups through individual actions and the difficulties encountered during the trial period. A brainstorming session will be centered on finding ways of reducing vehicle emissions at the community level.

Communities

The workshops are free and will be given to 10 organizations or community groups in the Dieppe area and 5 groups in the Saint-Louis-de-Kent area.

Groups will be invited to try new behaviours and will be able to calculate CO2 savings through the project website.

References

Dauncey, G.& P. Mazza, 2001. Stormy Weather. 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change. New Society Publishers, 2001. 271 pages.

Jancovici, Jean-Marc, 2002. L'avenir climatique. Quel temps ferons-nous? Éditions du Seuil, mars 2002. 284 pages.

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