Combat Climate Change, Save Mid-Autumn Festival

Feature Story - 2010-08-11
Greenpeace invites everyone in Hong Kong to participate in our second annual World Car Free Day. Together we can raise awareness about climate change and do our part to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouses gases poisoning our air.

Cyclists part of Greenpeace's 2009 Car Free Day in Hong Kong

Come join us for World Car Free Day on September 22!

Greenpeace invites everyone in Hong Kong to participate in our second annual World Car Free Day. Together we can raise awareness about climate change and do our part to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases poisoning our air.

Vehicle emissions make up 20% of the world's total greenhouse gases. Hong Kong has over 430,000 registered private cars, generating 3,427 tons of carbon emissions each day. The city also has one of the highest vehicle densities in the world, averaging 315 cars per kilometer of road.

Fortunately, Hong Kong also has one of the world's best public transportation systems - and there's no reason why we shouldn't take full advantage of it. Walking and cycling are also healthy options that encourage us to exercise and get fit as we go from place to place.

This year, Car Free Day coincides with Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday. Unfortunately, the festival has felt less and less autumnal each year, with temperatures exceeding 30°C the last two years. In 2009, Hong Kong averaged 31°C in September. Autumn is supposed to be a cool, refreshing time, but climate change is taking away our seasons.

Car Free Day is a chance for us to give up driving and reduce our carbon emissions. More than that, it can encourage us to interact with our city differently, as urban spaces become the territory of pedestrians and cyclists.

It can also help us think more deeply about our individual impact, not only on the global climate but also on our immediate environment - just imagine your city without traffic, vehicle noise, or the smell of exhaust.

Greenpeace organized Hong Kong's first Car Free Day in 2009, which had over 18,515 registered participants, including head of state Donald Tsang. Started in 2000, Car Free Day is now celebrated around the world in over 1,500 cities in 40 countries.

Please join us again this year: Car Free Day is not just one day of action, but it can change the way we think and encourage us to make every day low carbon!

Register here and pledge to go car free!

Car Free Day (in Chinese)

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