What would it be like, to be able to wander around the paradise capital of the world like Paris for an entire day without traffic congestion and by-product pollution, air noise or scent, for unobscured sceneries to the joy of both local and out of town wanderers from all over the globe?
Imagine no more, the 27th of September this year will become a historic day for France. The city of Parisdeclared the Sunday a “Day Without Cars” or a car-free day in the following areas: “the 1st, 2nd, 3th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th arrondissements (neighborhoods), the Champs Élysées, Place Stalingrad, Place de la Republique, the Left Bank, the Place de la Bastille, the area around the Eiffel Tower, and the Bois de Vincennes and Boulogne”.
The carless ingenuity is in line with the “European Mobility Week” that takes place in Paris between September 16 and 22, as is the major United Nations conference on the climate (COP 21) also in Paris in late November. The campaign to curb air pollution was introduced based on the grasp that, according to the World Health Organization, such contamination is the main cause behind health problems in major metro areas cities around the world. France, alone, has estimated over €100 billion every year in pollution caused costs. Over the course of the last century, the negative impact from privately owned automobile usage estimated to be well over 100 billion Euros, with the largest bulk accounted for by worsened standards of living, deteriorated health, and economic costs of wasted time on the road. With such realization, counter-measure Green initiatives have taken place as the European Union is determined to enable grassroot organizations and local authorities to promote sustainable Green transportation such as car-free modes of commuting and awareness of transportation consequences in various aspects of our lives, and vice versa, the benefit of supporting and adopting clean-cleaner energy vehicles.
This activity has attracted major attention and adopted by various countries both in and outside of the EU community, they be Canada, Belgium, Mexico and Spain, all the way across the Pacific like Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Vietnam, etc. The campaign can be a carried out in variety of activities, from car-free days, main streets, and zones, to reduce motor vehicle usage awareness promotions, to organized long distance bicycle trips and designating bicycle routes. Should such campaign come to Thailand, it will be to the delight of all, Thais friends and guests alike, to witness the beginning of a next chapter where everyone can take a nice stroll down urban sidewalks and have a nice deep inhale – angst-free. With awareness, Promised Land is right around the corner. After all, no luxury can make up for fresh air and clean water. Sathu (Amen).
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References forbes.com and mobilityweek.eu