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TRAVELSMART TEACHER RESOURCE KIT, 2003

Section 1 - Using TravelSmart

1.1 Introduction - What is TravelSmart?
1.2 Using this resource

1.1 Introduction - What is TravelSmart?

Every day, the importance of maintaining our environment becomes more obvious. Scientists agree that we must reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions - but how do we make changes as individuals? How can we become a lot smarter about living on and caring for our planet? TravelSmart is an initiative that educates people for sustainable change.

It recognises that making changes to travel habits is a major factor in environmental care and has been designed to show individuals that small sustainable changes can make a big difference.

This can be achieved, in part, by working in partnership with schools, communities and businesses. Individuals in these groups are asked to observe their travel habits in order to establish benchmarks for change.

An important part of the TravelSmart program is in ensuring that our younger generations are aware of the impact of the motorised vehicle on our environment and our lifestyle. The car has allowed us to travel further, pursue more activities and commute to work and school. It has changed the shape of cities and extended horizons.

However, the disadvantages of car use are becoming more and more evident:

The TravelSmart initiative

Students will gain a number of significant understandings about their social and physical environments:

1.2 Using this resource

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Activities Junior, Middle and Upper Primary activities
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1 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change unfccc.int/resource/convkp.html