WWF-India calls on citizens of Goa to reclaim their streets  for a car-free Sunday on May 6

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Goakhabar:  WWF-India in partnership with Corporation of The City of Panaji, supported by ICLEI-South Asia, will be organizing  the ‘One Planet Streets for All’ , a public event to raise awareness and gather support for adopting smarter and greener choices of commute, whilst making the roads more inclusive for the benefit and safety of all road users. The event will be held on 6 May 2018, along the DB Marg stretch in Panaji from 6:30 A.M. to 09:30 A.Mand provide citizens of Goa a traffic-free stretch to participate in various activities like cycling, walking, interactive games, fitness exercises, music and much more. The event aims to mobilize support from the citizens of the state for smart and eco-friendly mobility choices and ask city administration to adopt practices that help make Goa environment-friendly and sustainable in the long run.

Mobility accounts for about one-quarter of the global energy related CO2 emissions, with much of this occurring in cities. According to the 2017 Global Burden of Disease, some 1.1 million people in India die prematurely each year from diseases directly related to air pollution, making it the fifth leading cause of death in the country.

Of the total number of registered vehicles in Goa, more than 90% are privately owned thus making Goa one of the states with the highest car ownership density in the country. All other possible modes of commuting such as walking, cycling, car pooling, etc. are recreationally done and not the choice for mobility. This is due to the fact that the space meant for more sustainable modes are either encroached upon or being reduced due to increasing pressure of private vehicles. Sustainable urban mobility thus requires a mind shift: where private motorized vehicles give way to sustainable transport modes and better lifestyle choices, including public transport, cycling, walking or car-pooling.

The “One Planet Streets for All” is WWF-India’s initiative to promote sustainable mobility as part of its global One Planet City Challenge platform. ‘Streets for All’ represents the belief that roads are public infrastructure and everybody has an equal right to use them, irrespective of their mode of transport. The purpose of this event is to inspire people to Give Up on unsustainable modes of commuting to reduce their carbon footprint as well as, address mobility and safety concerns for pedestrians and cyclists.

About WWF-India is one of India’s leading conservation organizations with programmes and projects spread across the country. The organisation works towards the conservation of biodiversity, natural habitats and the reduction of humanity’s ecological footprint. The mission of WWF-India is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

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