City to celebrate car-free day – The Namibian
The City of Windhoek will be celebrating World Car Free Day today to reduce its carbon footprint.
This was made public in a City of Windhoek statement.
According to the statement, this event aims raise awareness about the effects of carbon emissions on climate and to provide ways for residents to reduce their carbon footprint.
“The theme for the day is ‘Reducing our carbon footprint’, with the main activity being a five-kilometre cycle, run, and/or walk for City of Windhoek employees and Windhoek residents,” says the City of Windhoek.
The event will follow a defined route with water stations along with a police officer escort. It will start at 08h00 today at the City of Windhoek’s Khomasdal Customer Care Centre on Richardine Kloppers Street, off Florence Nightingale Street, and end at 09h30. There will be a brief closing ceremony in the municipal parking area on Independence Avenue.
Sade Gawanas, Windhoek mayor said that City of Windhoek employees will be the first to set an example on Car Free Day. He challenged all corporate organisations for the same.
“Windhoek Car Free Day promotes the use of public transport, mass transit (bussing), car-pooling, cycling, jogging and walking to work, instead of each of us using our private vehicles, in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint,” she said.
Lorraine!Gaoses, the event organizer, stated that Windhoek is becoming more motorized and that vehicle fumes are causing air pollution.
“In addition to raising awareness on air pollution, the event will also promote non-motorised transportation as a green alternative,” she said.
Register free for the event at the starting point in Khomasdal, Gaoses said Windhoek residents or corporates
She stated that participants who participate in the race and finish it at Independence Avenue will receive digital certificates as a recognition of their participation. Meanwhile, the City of Windhoek Division with the most participants in the race will win a floating trophy to honor the largest carbon saver of the day.
“Participating corporate organisations are encouraged to bus their employees to the starting point and participate in their corporate colours,” she said.
Participants are encouraged to car-pool, take public transport, or ride in public transport to the start point. Once the event is over, they can either walk, jog or cycle to work or to home.
It is anticipated that the City of Windhoek will launch the annual celebrations of the event with this year’s Windhoek Car-Free Day.