To: Council and Central Government

Reclaiming Our Streets: Carless Days and Climate Change Responsibility

Reclaiming Our Streets: Carless Days and Climate Change Responsibility

Meet climate change responsibilities by initiating national and community based directives around efficient use of vehicles, carless days being one direct application.

Why is this important?

Covid 19 Lockdown has given NZ society an opportunity to reflect on the value of living essentially. We have seen our streets and neighbourhoods become more connected and human friendly. We have seen what it is to live without the consistent noise and pollution of traffic and we, in the main, have found a measure of peace, connection and re-orientation in challenging times. This collective experience however is yet to translate to a collective conversation around our use of vehicles.

This is an opportunity to reorient our streets and lives to focus on the essentials and clean up our air and our streets by giving them all regular periods of rest eg a return to carless days, car-pooling/sharing, a carless week/weekend each month and a clear reflection upon essential use of our own personal vehicles as well as those for commercial use. Each of us can then start to meet the need for climate change responsibility.

Please sign for responsible use of vehicles and repurposing our streets for safe and enjoyable human usage. This is an outreach to local and central government.

Please see below for articles on this idea:
https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/world-car-free-day-22-september-great-opportunity-reduce-air-pollution
and:
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/08/air-pollution-opportunity-not-just-problem/

How it will be delivered

To councils and Ministry of Transport