The Commuter's

Climate Change Calculator

Counting the cost of your daily commute in Metro Manila

Developer: Dominic Tuazon | Research: KD Suarez

On average, how long is your daily commute?

(Total travel time going to and from work or school, in hours, excluding waiting time)
hours

Every year, you spend..

520 hours on the road.

That's 22days in a year spent traveling.

Every year, you spend..

520

hours on the road.

That's 22

days in a year spent traveling.

Putting that into perspective..

What can you do with that much time?

You could have watched all Star Wars movies (Episodes IV to III, 6 movies, 13.4 hours long) 19 times over.

Spending that much time in traffic costs you between

P24,639.00 and P62,499.64

every year.

The daily cost of living for an average Filipino family of 6 could have been covered for 23 to 57 days*(Php 1,088/day, expenses for health, education, food.)

Your commute also produces carbon dioxide.

CO2 is an important gas in the atmosphere that helps regulate our planet's temperature – but increasing CO2 emissions from human activities is making the planet warmer.

If you ride/drive a car, you produce..

0 kgs

of CO2 yearly.

= 0*

If you take a jeep, you help produce..

0 kgs

of CO2 yearly.

= 0*

If you ride buses, you help add..

0 kgs

of CO2 yearly.

= 0*


*The number of trees needed to absorb that amount of CO2.

There are 3.6 million cars in Metro Manila. If all cars in the metropolis spend the same time on the road as you do, everyone will produce between 8,745.27 and 12,199.03 kilotons CO2.

And that's just CO2. Your daily commute also contributes a significant amount of other pollutants, such as particulate matter (PM), nitrous oxides, sulfur oxides, and others, which are harmful to both your health and the environment.

Why it matters..

In 2014, 32 billion tons of CO2 were released into the atmosphere. That's 150 times higher than the CO2 emissions in 1850.

The Philippines contributes around 82,012 kilotons of CO2 every year. On average, each Filipino contributes 0.87 metric tons of CO2 annually.

Change in Carbon Emissions Over Time: Increasing Trend

A warmer planet means problems for everyone. Temperatures have already risen by 0.85ºC between 1880 and 2012 – and they continue to rise. This means more storms and droughts, ice sheets melting, and sea levels rising.

The 21st UN climate change conference in Paris last December 2015 aimed to stem that temperature rise.

  • 198 nations gathered with one goal in mind: keep warming below 2ºC – or else, climate change will be irreversible and catastrophic.

  • On December 12, 2015, an agreement was finally sealed, binding countries to curb carbon dioxide emissions in the coming years.

  • The agreement could make or break the future of our planet – our only home.

You can also minimize your impact on the planet.

Grow a tree
Grow a tree
Unplug and switch-off
Unplug and switch-off
Goodbye plastic, hello eco bag
Goodbye plastic, hello eco bag
Segregate
Segregate
Reduce, reuse, and recycle
Reduce, reuse, and recycle
No to burning of wastes
No to burning of wastes