World Carfree Day – We all know about the dangers of too much pollution to our environment, yet every day we get in our cars and make the situation worse. This important awareness day aims to help highlight the pollution of the world caused by car use and persuade us to leave the car at home and have a no car day!
It is not just the pollution that can make travelling by car a misery. I hate sitting grid-locked in a city traffic jam when I could be walking past the very traffic I am stuck in. I think it would be nice to travel at my own pace and not have that set by other commuters.
Some methods of public transport also shorten your journey time by avoiding congested roads and taking more direct routes offered by infrastructure such as railway lines.
Car use is seen as the norm in modern society but why should it be? Imagine a day when there is no traffic noise, everyone is car free and you can hear the birds sing! Beyond the day to day journeying and pollution, cars blight our environment with discarded parts such as batteries and tyres, oil leaks and then eventually the carcass of the car when it is no longer fit for use.
Actually World Carfree Day was first organized back during the 1970s oil crisis and more days were organized in the 1990s in cities in Europe. The problem is, that most people don’t take notice at all or take part for one day then revert back to the old way!
So on 22 September please take part in World Carfree Day and help make our world a little bit nicer to live in … you might even enjoy a change of scenery!
Remember the famous scene from this video? It’s time to step out of our cars and follow their lead!