So, what is this post doing in a global warming awareness blog? Simple – parking lots aren’t as innocent as they seem. In fact, once you read below, you will find out just how much of a havoc these things can cause to our environment.
The following are 3 very important reasons why parking lots should not be taken for granted in the fight against global warming:
Parking lots accumulate tons of pollutants like:
- heavy metals
What makes it worse is that the concrete or asphalt layers of the parking lots make sure these pollutants are not absorbed by their non-porous surfaces. The rains will come and wash all these pollutants into the sewage – which find its way into the water systems like our lakes, rivers and oceans.
Because of its inabsorbent nature, parking lots prevent rain from soaking into the ground. To top it off, trees are often cleared to make way for these concrete structures. Thus, parking lots deliver a very potent one-two punch into any area’s food prevention system.
Paved surfaces also tend to absorb more solar radiation than its surroundings, thus raising temperatures on parking lots by as much as 2-3 degrees Celsius. How’s that for warming the globe?
The solution lies in having shared parking lots so that businesses, shopping malls, churches and your local cineplex do not need to make their own parking spaces. That sound’s like a nice petition point for your local government don’t you think?