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Our province spans about 650,000 square kilometers. Of a population of 1.5 million, over 60% live in Brandon and Winnipeg. Beyond city limits, Manitobans are sparsely distributed over farmland, aspen parkland, boreal forest, and tundra.

Wide open spaces can separate families and friends, employers and employees. Access to transportation is a necessity for many Manitobans. How we choose to travel, however, can either help or hinder the process of climate change.

In Manitoba, the transportation sector is the greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil-fuel burning vehicles generate over one-third of the province’s climate-changing pollutants. In 1995, road transportation in Manitoba contributed over 7 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide to the environment. If carbon dioxide were oil, it would be like 20 supertankers running aground and spilling their entire load.

Driving a car is the single most polluting thing that most Canadians do. A typical car emits almost 5 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

In order to significantly reduce our share of greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, Manitobans must find more climate-change friendly ways to travel.

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