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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
4 November 2004
It's something that improves the environment, reduces congestion on the roads, helps us to get fitter and increases our sense of community.
It's walking — and tomorrow is national Walk to Work Day when thousands of Australians will leave their cars at home and combine walking and catching public transport to work.
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said the environmental and health effects of reducing reliance on cars were significant.
"Our challenge is to discover sustainable means of travel at the personal level," he said. "Walking even part of the way to work, and using public transport, can make a significant difference to the levels of pollutants released into the atmosphere, helping to make our cities more liveable.
"Transport accounts for 14.4 per cent of our total national greenhouse gas emissions and much of this is from road transportation and the family car. So even small changes to the way we use our cars can have a large impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"The health effects, too, of reducing car reliance benefit the whole community. Less congestion, less pollution and less sedentary behaviour mean improved physical and mental health outcomes.
"The Australian Government is working with state and local governments under its greenhouse gas abatement program to encourage less reliance on cars."
Walk to Work Day is an initiative of the Pedestrian Council of Australia. It was launched six years ago. There's more information at: www.walk.com.au