The journey to and from school can carry a lot of resources, but it does not have to. There are many ways to make the trip more environmentally friendly. Here are some ideas:
1. Try the pedestrian precinct
Okay, so it involves some effort. A walking school is essentially a group of children attending school under adult supervision. The group expends as they "pick up" more children along the way.
The kids get a lot of training, fuel is not required, and it's far safer than walking alone. Also, children who have had the opportunity to practice for the class have a better attention and tend to learn more. The Walking School Bus is an excellent choice for children living near the school.
Travel groups can be arranged on wheels as well. The principle is the same. Guiding children can form a horseback riding trip and take classmates along the way to school. Again this is a great exercise.
3. The Regular Yellow School Bus
Still a safe way to travel to school, where there is a lot of transport, the school bus is environmentally friendly, but every child goes to a car. School cars still burn fuel and produce emissions, but local governments are working to fill the buses and reduce "idle time" in transit. School cars are also on top of the list for security.
If there is no classroom and walking and cycling are out of the question then carpooling is a great option. If one or more parents have a modern fuel-efficient vehicle, the better. Observe safety rules and keep each child properly and, if necessary, in an approved motivation seat. You will not be able to climb extra children in the car, but it's never a good idea to sacrifice safety to save fuel.
5. Walk to school
Maybe your child is not heading for a walking school, but is in close contact with the school. Walking is still a great option. Make sure that your child is properly supervised and try, if possible, to form a small group of other children living nearby. It's great for social interaction.
Going to school does not have to tax the environment. With just a little thought and preparation, your child can safely get to the school while saving valuable resources.