What's the issue?
Almost one third of all carbon dioxide emissions come from transport and almost half of that comes from road passenger journeys.
What we can do about it
Make less journeys
Reduce your journeys, particularly short journeys. Modern vehicles emit twice as much pollution in the first five minutes of running. Didsbury is on one of the best bus routes in the UK, has 4 tram stops and 2 train station, so there is very often a public transport option. Every time you want to drive your car, think about whether it is necessary:
can I just not go?
can I walk or cycle?
can I take public transport?
Flying is responsible for 2% of the worlds carbon emissions, but the effect is worse than that due to the carbon dioxide being released at high altitude. The old solution at the moment, is to fly less. Could you holiday in the UK or find another way to get to where you are going.
Do not leave your engine running when you aren't in motion. An idling engine can produce up to twice as many exhaust emissions as an engine in motion, If it's cold, put a coat on. If it's hot, take it off!
Although having an electric car will never be as carbon efficient as not driving, electric cars and the infrastructure to support them are developing all the time. Running costs can be much lower and you do not need to pay road tax. Leasing options are available if you are concerned about a one off purchase.