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Car Free Day

Project type: 
Million Tree Challenge

Car Free Day is an international movement to encourage people to actively seek alternatives to using the car, such as walking, using a bicycle, or taking public transportation. Many Londoners came out to the Dundas Street event on  June 9th, 2012.

ReForest London had a booth to provide information on participating in London’s Million Tree Challenge. We gave away 235 trees during the event to be planted in people’s yards throughout the city. Thank you to our volunteers who enthusiastically promoted the free trees, shared information about the value of trees and how to plant and care for them.

Along the street throughout the festival, there were people singing, painting, and racing with wheelchairs. There were stations selling books and encouraging people to play games like chess. All these activities helped to make the day more festive and support the protection of the environment.

There were two remarkable sights that caught peoples' attention. The first was a group of spinning machines, and the group set a new World Record for the largest outdoor spinning class. The other was Salthaven,  an organization focusing on saving wildlife animals and ecosystems. One volunteer had a golden eagle resting on her left arm. This display helped demonstrate the importance of healthy ecosystems.

The Car Free Day was organized by Our Street, an organization that promotes the equality of street users including pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and drivers of all ages and abilities to foster a prosperous, safe, healthy, and environmentally sustainable community.

Article by Winfred Seong

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