“For most people, transportation is part of their personal carbon footprint, and a lot of that is coming from their personal vehicle and driving every day,” said NYSDEC Environmental Program Specialist Brendan Woodruff. “It’s possible to go car-free for a couple of days. Things like combining errands into one trip, walking to your local shop on a Friday night instead of driving somewhere else for takeout,” said Woodruff. “Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State,” said Woodruff. “They make up about 36 percent of our total. That’s actually more than electricity generation, waste, agriculture, and refrigerants combined.” With 20 million New Yorkers, that impact adds up. To sign the pledge to not drive your car for one day, head over to this link. You can share your experience by using the hashtag #NYSCarFree. By making small lifestyle changes, the impact can be significant. With weather events continuing to grow more extreme, from wildfires in California, to hurricanes ravaging the Gulf Coast, the DEC says now is the time to take action. “We know that climate change is here, it’s impacting our daily lives. We’re seeing the extreme weather events that are happening throughout the world. We’ve seen it right here in our own backyard with catastrophic flooding,” said Woodruff. (WBNG) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation needs your help in bringing awareness to Climate Week, running Sept. 21 to 27. For one day, the DEC wants you to hang up your car keys to help raise awareness about greenhouse gas emissions. New York is looking to cut emissions by 40 percent by 2030. By 2050, officials want to see it reduced by 85 percent based on levels from 1990. To tackle the climate crisis, the DEC says tackling transportation has to be a priority.