On Sunday, I complained about how much more energy I needed to run with my 4 year old in the baby jogger.
On Monday, I complained about how much faster we’re going through gas in the car – a result of my husband insisting on keeping the A.C. on, even to go short distances.
On Tuesday, I looked up into the clear blue sky and noticed a plane flying west. How much energy does it use? And then I thought about it.
Weight and gasoline? They go hand in hand. In the same way that many nations in our world are facing a health crisis due to our populations showing increasing numbers of overweight individuals, our world is also in an environmental crisis. Think about what 5 fewer pounds on each of us would mean.
It would mean that a plane seating 100 passengers would be saving 500 pounds in excess cargo. How much fuel is needed to lift 500 pounds hundreds of feet into the air?
It would mean less energy would be used when raising and lifting elevators. Better yet; it would probably mean more people use the stairs, thereby saving even more energy.
It might mean that our race times would drop because we wouldn’t be hauling extra weight across the finish line. It might also mean that more people would feel fit enough to enter races. These are good things.
Instead, we drive places that are close enough to walk. If we walked, we would be healthier and we would save on gas. Did you know that walking an extra 100 metres every day is worth 2 pounds a year?
Now, not everyone needs to lose weight (I, for one, could probably stand to gain a few pounds). But the relationship between our weight and energy crisis does exist? Or is it just me who thinks so?