In alignment with our exhibit Washed Ashore, we are making changes throughout the Garden to help all of us make sustainable choices. This particular change includes our choice to have electric vehicles for our day-to-day operations throughout the Garden. Electric vehicles emit zero tailpipe emissions, require less energy to make and operate, and can be fueled by renewable energy sources.
Why does it matter? Gas and diesel-powered vehicles create the following byproducts that are dangerous to humans and the planet in large quantities.
- Nitrogen dioxide not only damages foliage but can cause asthma and respiratory infections
- Carbon dioxide, which is actually an essential atmospheric greenhouse gas but in large quantities can cause an overheating of the Earth
- Carbon monoxide binds to red blood cells’ hemoglobin making it difficult for cells to carry oxygen throughout the body.
- Benzene can react with other chemicals in the air to create smog
- Formaldehyde is an irritant that can cause asthma and, in some cases, cancer
How can you help? Los Angeles County is the largest contributor to emissions in California. Try limiting emissions and reducing your carbon footprint by carpooling with family and friends or taking public transportation. Both of these actions eliminate cars on the road and reduce emissions released into the air. The next time you’re in the market for a new power tool or vehicle, opt for the electric version instead.
Thank you for joining us on our mission for a more sustainable future. To learn more about sustainability and the Garden in general, take our Washed Ashore Adventure Tour! Click here for tickets.