If you drive an SUV, the easiest way to cut your carbon footprint drastically is pretty clear: ditch the gas-guzzling monster. But what do you do with a large car you no longer want? Tune in to onefewer.com starting today, to find out.
Ryan Mickle spent $60,000 on his Range Rover Sport in 2006. He loved driving it to work or to go hiking with friends. But since moving to San Francisco recently, he finds his fossil fuel-emitting sidekick to be more of an albatross than a positive force in his life. He could sell it, but that would not take the mean machine out of existence, just pass it on to someone else who would then assume Ryan’s carbon footprint. Pushing it off a cliff seemed a little drastic (and sort of illegal). Ryan created onefewer.com to spread the word about his SUV, now up for adoption, and ask readers: what is the most Earth-friendly way for me to part company with this mechanical mistake?
Here are some suggestions for getting rid of an SUV:
- Dismantle it and sell the pieces to various San Francisco artists.
- Donate it to a college where the students can use it to create a solar and wind-powered car.
- Turn it into a garden.
- Give it to a car-sharing co-op and pack 6 commuters into it every day on their way to work.
Visit onefewer.com and cast your vote.
Ryan welcomes all your suggestions as he tries to right his wrong.
Photo from the personal collection of Ryan Mickle.