How We Got to Church on Earth Day Sunday

Learning to Live More Sustainably

We learned a lot from our survey of how congregants came to church on Earth Day Sunday, April 24, 2022. This is a broad-brush assessment and several people may have been missed.

Pie chart: 47% gas car; 21% hybrid car; 13% electric car; 11% walk; 7% transit; 2% bike

Of note, one of the bikes was an electric bike and 12 people came in carpools. A few things stood out or surprised us. It’s impressive how many people have managed to move off of gas cars and on to hybrid or electric cars. Some people who normally drive walked to church for the first time and another came by bike for the first time. It was a surprise to learn that the #62 and #65 buses come by the church every 15 minutes on Sunday morning and afternoon. Many wonderful conversations occurred about both the challenges and joys of getting around more sustainably.

Take a look at the graph below to appreciate more fully how important it is to be attentive to the role transportation plays in our greenhouse gas emissions.

Transportation accounts for most (58%) of Seattle's Greenhouse Gas Emissions as of 2018

A huge thank you to all who took the time to switch it up, share ideas, ask questions and consider ways each of us can do our part to meet the climate challenges ahead.

~ UUC Climate Action Team

A row of silhouettes of human footprints, larger to smaller