Take a Bus, Greenpeace urges Bangkokians to combat climate change on Car Free Day

Feature story - September 21, 2008
Thousands of cyclists joined a bike rally for World Car Free Day organized by Greenpeace with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Thailand Cycling Club and Thai Health Promotion Foundation today to raise awareness on climate change and the need for personal action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Bicycles modified to look like a bus with a banner “Take a Bus, Lead the Energy [R]evolution” led more than 300 hundred volunteers, supporters and celebrities riding under the Greenpeace banner which started from The Emporium en route to Thai-Japanese Youth Center.

Thousands of cyclists joined a bike rally for World Car Free Day organized by Greenpeace with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Thailand Cycling Club and Thai Health Promotion Foundation today to raise awareness on climate change and the need for personal action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Bicycles modified to look like a bus with a banner “Take a Bus, Lead the Energy [R]evolution” led more than 300 hundred volunteers, supporters and celebrities riding under the Greenpeace banner which started from The Emporium en route to Thai-Japanese Youth Center.

Thousands of cyclists joined a bike rally for World Car Free Day organized by Greenpeace with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Thailand Cycling Club and Thai Health Promotion Foundation today to raise awareness on climate change and the need for personal action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Bicycles modified to look like a bus with a banner “Take a Bus, Lead the Energy [R]evolution” led more than 300 hundred volunteers, supporters and celebrities riding under the Greenpeace banner which started from The Emporium en route to Thai-Japanese Youth Center.

Thousands of cyclists joined a bike rally for World Car Free Day organized by Greenpeace with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Thailand Cycling Club and Thai Health Promotion Foundation today to raise awareness on climate change and the need for personal action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Bicycles modified to look like a bus with a banner “Take a Bus, Lead the Energy [R]evolution” led more than 300 hundred volunteers, supporters and celebrities riding under the Greenpeace banner which started from The Emporium en route to Thai-Japanese Youth Center.

Thousands of cyclists joined a bike rally for World Car Free Day organized by Greenpeace with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Thailand Cycling Club and Thai Health Promotion Foundation today to raise awareness on climate change and the need for personal action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Bicycles modified to look like a bus with a banner “Take a Bus, Lead the Energy [R]evolution” led more than 300 hundred volunteers, supporters and celebrities riding under the Greenpeace banner which started from The Emporium en route to Thai-Japanese Youth Center.

The World Car free Day is intended to advance the economic, social and environmental benefits of self-propelled or mass transportation.

"Bangkokians use over 500 million liters of oil annually to drive their cars. Each liter releases about 3.15 kilos of deadly carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. And like the other dirty addiction, coal, burning of oil not only pollutes the air we breathe but  the exhaust fumes of our cars are contributing to climate change," said Tara Buakamsri, Campaign Manager of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.  

Combustion of oil for cars like burning of coal for energy has made Thailand the seventh largest emitter of carbon dioxide in Asia, emitting 4.2 tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere per person per year, more than in both China (3.8 tonnes) and India (1.2 tonnes), according to the UNDP.

"It is a now a well known fact that if the carbon dioxide emissions due to our addiction for coal and fast cars is not reduced Bangkok will see the worst effect of climate change sooner than later. Personal action and behavioral changes are critical to ensure a safe future for our children. We are calling upon all citizens to be conscious of their carbon footprints and the first step towards that is to reduce their car usage and use public transportation instead," said Uaphan Chamnan-ua, Public Outreach Coordinator of Greenpeace.

Thailand Car Free Day is an annual city event that Greenpeace has been promoting to show how livable modern cities can be when free from the noise, stress and pollution caused by cars. The demand to combine improvements in the public transportation system with regulations and incentives to encourage the use of alternatives such as walking, cycling, and using mass transportations is in line with Greenpeace vision of an Energy Revolution, which is prescribing a shift from our dependence on fossil fuels.

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