For so many of us, our parks are what make our state so special. But right now, they’re being harmed by air pollution and a rapidly changing climate. The rapid increase in temperature harms wildlife and ecosystems. Sea level rise and increased flooding causes extensive damage to our iconic coastline. Extreme wildfire events leave some of our most treasured places unrecognizable.
To ensure our communities and wild places stay protected, we need cleaner air and a stable climate. That will require us to rethink how we get around, as transportation is the leading source of carbon pollution in Oregon and across the country.
One of the best ways to curb pollution is to replace gasoline powered vehicles with electric vehicles. The average electric vehicle emits 93% less global warming pollution than the average gasoline powered car. This drastic reduction in emissions underscores the importance of transitioning to all electric vehicles.
Though electric cars are growing in popularity, consumers are still concerned about finding a place to charge. Some of the places where we’re not seeing nearly enough charging stations are our parks and public lands. Since people charge their electric vehicles when they are parked, a lack of infrastructure near hiking trails means many folks suffer from range anxiety — the fear that they’ll run out of juice on the way back from a day on the trail.