You can’t read a newspaper or magazine today without coming across at least one article on the environment. The environmental terms such as recycling, green energy, sustainability and bio-fuels are very much a part of the eco-activists vocabulary and becoming mainstream as well.
Of real concern is the fact of global warming and the contribution that the auto shipping industry is making toward it. There are certainly environmental accidents waiting to happen within the industry, but auto shipping will continue and is sure to even increase its business due to the popularity of the service. This does not give the auto shippers the license to pollute and the industry understands that it must face the responsibility of lessening the damage it is doing to the environment.
Automobiles themselves are notorious polluters of the air but no one is willing to give them up as they give us greater productivity, convenience and social interaction. Both automobiles and auto shippers are disdained for their harmful gas emissions, oil production faults and conspicuous consumption properties. Being both material and labor intensive, they are also scorned for their distraction from other environmental hazards deemed more important by eco-activists.
The damage done to the environment by automobiles and the shipping of them is not a trivial concern. At the same time there is constant global demand for them. What’s needed is to find a balance between efficient business practices and environmental issues to give people what they want without causing harm to our planet’s natural resources. The major auto shippers have embraced this idea by creating better containers, robust computerized scheduling and advanced inventory management systems to help alleviate the negative impact their industry has on the environment.
The auto industry has introduced such eco-friendly innovations as hybrid and electric cars, beginning with vehicles such as Toyota’s Prius, and spreading to all the car manufacturing companies so they won’t be left out when this new technology becomes the norm. Auto shippers must get on the environmental bandwagon as well and can take advantage of some of automobile manufacturers’ technological advancements toward a greener planet.
There are many pressures placed on the environment by us humans who will not deny ourselves some of the delights and essentials in our lives that are more destructive to the earth than we would like them to be. An example of this dichotomy is our beloved automobiles and the auto carriers who get them to their new location far, far away.
With a clean environment being a common goal, perhaps working together as humankind along with businesses and environmental engineers we can devise some livable and inventive solutions that can not only stop the destruction but reverse it. We owe it to ourselves, future generations and our glorious planet.