Opinion/Letter: Electric bikes can help improve the environment | Letters – About Your Online Magazine


In recent years, our environmental situation has become dire. According to the United Nations in March 2019, we had “only 11 years left to avoid irreversible damage from climate change …” – which means that we are less than 10 years old now.

One of the most problematic factors in climate change is vehicles, such as cars, trucks and buses. The transport emits “more than half of the nitrogen oxides in our air …”, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“CO2 levels will not stop rising until emissions are reduced to zero,” says Discover Magazine.

That is why it is vital that we continue to reduce our emissions.

This can be easily achieved on foot or by bicycle, whenever possible. For longer trips, an electric bicycle is a more sustainable (and economical) alternative. They have a small electric motor and can help you at speeds up to 28 mph.

That would make a big difference to the situation we live in and would make a big leap to get our pollution under control before 2030.

Paula Fonseca