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Take the next step to changing how you travel for work

Kate Lesenger, Way to Work Project Officer at Sustrans, encourages us to keep stepping up, for the benefit of our health, our wallets, and our planet.

Published: 13/06/2022

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Taking part in the Step Count Challenge has highlighted to me the multiple benefits that come with being more active during the working day.

I’m spending less money on transport, I’m getting more fresh air and exercise, I’m appreciating local nature, and I’ve met multiple dogs. Really a win-win-win-win (was that the right number of wins?)

All these benefits may seem obvious (the dogs being the best, of course).

What at times isn’t so obvious, especially with the strains and complexities of life now, is what we can do in response to the state of our climate. The climate crisis can be overwhelming, frustrating, and can really take a swing at our mental health.

In these moments, something we can do is focus on what we can control – like, how we travel.

Changing how we travel is one of the most essential ways of tackling the climate crisis. Here in Scotland, transport is our biggest contributor of carbon emissions. And although it may seem daunting at first, many of the solutions are already right under our noses.

During the challenge, perhaps you’ve been getting your steps in early on your commute to work, by leaving the car at home and walking to the bus or train. Or maybe you’ve started having walking meetings instead of travelling to the office.

If this is you, then you are already having a positive impact. All that's left to do is keep it up.

Easier said than done? You can find all manner of support and resources for sustainable work travel on the Way to Work website.

Why not even take it one step further and encourage your employer to join our Climate Pledge.

Keep stepping up – for your health, your wallet, and our planet.