Cycle, walk or take public transit to work on World Car Free Day
TUCSON, Ariz. – The City of Tucson, Pima County and the University of Arizona are joining with others in the community to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home on Thursday, September 22.
world car free day is a globally recognized day of action that the United Nations calls “a great opportunity to reduce air pollution”.
Locally, groups and agencies in southern Arizona are hosting an event at the University of Arizona Mall, where the public is invited to a “car-free event” with giveaways and resources.
Participants will also be encouraged to sign the Pima County Drive-Less Pledge, which provides quarterly prizes to participants.
According to the UN, vehicle emissions are the main source of air pollution, especially in cities. They quote the World Health Organization saying “ambient air pollution alone caused some 4.2 million deaths in 2016.”
The UN also reports that car-free days can have an impact: on the first car-free day in France, held in September 2015, exhaust emissions were reduced by 40%.
If you are interested in attending the Tucson car-free event on the U of Arizona Mall, activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the student union.
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