1000 Flowers for the Planet - #616 Observe World Car-Free Day
Today is World Car-Free Day – a day when we can all make an effort to leave the car at home and move around in different ways. Maybe you could walk to work, or catch the train, bus or tram. Maybe you could work from home, as the Internet has opened up this avenue to so many workers these days. Maybe you could sit down and work out ways to use your car less during the week, by bundling your errands and planning your requirements (see Flower #40 Drive Smart – Bundle Errands). Walk the children to school instead of jumping into that oversized SUV, actually listen to what they have to say as you walk along, and spend some quality time with them. Decide to stay at home for the day and catch up on some chores or paperwork, or plan a slow cooked meal for the family to enjoy. Free yourself from the car for a day and see how well you actually cope, and how different you feel, then take the next step and extend the idea into the rest of your life. The benefits to the planet are obvious: less fossil fuel being used, less pollution, less congestion on the roads, better health through walking, more time with family, less stress. Give it a go on World Car-Free Day.