RUNNING HEAD: THE HISTORY AND THE COMEBACK OF GREEN TRANSPORTATIONThe History and The Comeback of Green TransportationThilini Amanda Karunaratne University of San Francisco
The History and The Comeback of Green Transportation21st century consumers rely heavily on cars and trucks for daily transportation including planes, boats and trains. These creations of man have almost depleted all the fossil fuels in the world and now the man is desperately in need of a new clean and efficient energy source. We hear about these issues all the time and we wonder what people are doing to fix them and what we as individuals can do. Taking care of the environment is important not only for us, but for ourfuture generations, and for the sake of all the species of animals on this Earth. This is their Earth as much as it is ours and because we deserve a clean, stable environment so do they. The idea ofnon fossil fuel transportation originated from the idea of climate change. Years before the era of bustling international airports, online ticketing and irritating pre-boarding security checks, the airship was the future. Naturally, that did not work out. Today, the skies are dominated by airplanes, helicopters and jets. Due to all the concerns regarding the increasing pollution in the environment, however, airships can reclaim their place in air history. Airships are motorized aircrafts that are relatively lighter than an airplane. They came into existence after the production of the internal combustion engine. In the 1850s the creation of the hot air balloon started the revolution for airships. The man responsible for this revolution was Count Zeppelin. He was someone who did not have any prior knowledge about gravity, air or physics; he was just a dreamer who wanted to pursue an interest in air travel. During that time, the seas were filled with passenger boats that people used to travel from one place to another. Traveling by boat was time consuming so as a result, many people saw airships as a wayto travel luxuriously and quickly. In fact Joe Laniado, writer for Frieze Magazine, describes how airships are able to cut half the time from traveling by boat, “ … The Graf Zeppelin and 2
Hindenburg halved travel time between Europe and the Americas: New York was no longer four and a half days at sea, but two days …a superb view”(2000). The luxuries in airships included a proper lunch and dinner which would be provided at a given time prepared by professional chefs.