Over a hundred cyclers echo the World Carfree Day today by joining Greenpeace “Hong Kong Carfree Day – Climate Hero Cycle Tour”. They cycle a 10-km roundtrip from downtown Central to Tin Hau as an act to support a successful global climate deal at the year-end Copenhagen Conference and urge the public to switch from private cars to public transport, walking or cycling on September 22nd.
Over a hundred cyclers echo the World Carfree Day today by joining Greenpeace “Hong Kong Carfree Day – Climate Hero Cycle Tour”. They cycle a 10-km roundtrip from downtown Central to Tin Hau.
More than 100 members from the public as well as political, medical and professional representatives participate in the ride. The trip starts from Chater Road, Central, passes Queensway Road, Hennessy Road and u-turn at Tin Hau back to Central. The route is set to bypass numerous Hong Kong landmarks including the Bank of China Tower, Sogo, Victoria Park and HSBC headquarter building.
An average 3,000 tons of carbon dioxide is pumped out every day by private cars in Hong Kong which speeds up climate change. Greenpeace Campaigner Prentice Koo says, "Every participant today are part of the global effort to stop climate change and all Hong Kong people are encouraged to join this force. We hope Hong Kong citizens will support Carfree day by simply turning off their engines for one day."
Ten Greenpeace members also form a team called "Climate Heroes Special Team" who wear hydroscopes and swimming rings to call for immediate actions against global warming. Coastal areas including Hong Kong are no escape from the threat of sea level rise as a result of climate change.
Co-organized with the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance, the Climate Hero Cycle Tour also include participants from Civic Act Up; Savantas ( Team leader: Ronald Chan, Southern District Councillor); Democratic Party ( Team leader: Kam Nai Wai, Legislative Councillor); Civic Party ( Team leader: Audrey Eu, Legislative Councillor and Albert Lai, Vice Chairperson); Hong Kong Doctors Union ( Team Leader: Dr. Yeung Chiu Fat, Chairperson) and Clean Air Action ( Team leader :Yolanda Ng , Wan Chi District Councillor).
As at September 13th, 54 organizations, 4 universities and 11 schools have pledged to support 9.22 Carfree Day.
Greenpeace “ 2009 Carfree Day” registration platform
http://www.greenpeace.org/china/ch/campaigns/stop-climate-change/hero/carfreeday，Local cartoonist Tak Yeung supports the Car Free Day and has designed a memorial badge. To have the badge, please donate HKD$10 to support the Car Free Day.
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