September 22 is World Car Free Day, a day for everyone to try out daily life without the use of a car.
“As a Member of Parliament, I’m committed to working toward policies that help our society make the shift away from dependency on cars toward better options like public transit and high speed rail. This is why I was a joint-seconder on Bill C-305, the National Transit Strategy Act, a Bill that was rejected this week in Parliament by Harper’s Conservatives. Not a single Conservative MP had the courage to support this bill. What will it take for Stephen Harper to finally recognize the threat posed by climate change?” asked Canadian Greens’ Leader Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands.
“A well-run public transportation system can make getting places easier and more efficient, saving time and money,” added May.
“Cars are responsible for well over half of the carbon emissions of the average Canadian household, and vehicle emissions are rising twice as fast as the population. So spending a day thinking about how we can reduce our dependence on the car is one of the most significant things we can do to safeguard the climate for our children,”added Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, Green Party Shadow Cabinet Member for Climate Change.