European Mobility Week 2019: 16-22 Sept and Car Free Sunday 22 Sept
Green Christian encourages people to support National Car Free Day,
which is also European Car Free Day – Sat 22 Sept 2019
Note the interest this year in London Car Free Day
Should a church wish to organise their own Car Free Sunday, on some Sunday during the year, read on for some material which you may like to use.
Even if your church cannot totally be Car Free for a Sunday – perhaps because cars are needed to transport disabled people to church, or because the vicar cannot physically get between two tightly scheduled services any other way – putting up posters or leaflets about CarFree Day is an excellent way to make people think, and to start discussions on this topic.
Sustainable Transport throughout the year
As Christians we should be concerned about the rightness of our actions and about the effect of these on the quality of life for other people. Our concerns must include those 30% of households in Britain which do not have access to a car for whatever reason.
Our decisions about transport can be part of our Christian discipleship, and a way of caring for God’s creation and standing against
- the wasting of resources
- the dire effects of local and global pollution, particularly from aeroplanes
- the disruption of people’s lives
How, throughout the year, can we show our Christian responsibility in our travelling? Consider implementing as many of these suggestions as you can.
- Whenever you think of making a journey, ask yourself whether it is really necessary
- Walk or cycle all journeys of less than a mile, if you can
- For longer journeys, use the bus or train, and if you need a car, hire it at the other end
- Organise a car-sharing scheme
- Check if your church has a cycle-rack as well as a car park
- Put pressure on your local Council to give priority to people rather than vehicles, through traffic calming schemes, cycle facilities, pedestrian crossings, and lorry restrictions
- Ask your MP to give higher priority to an integrated public transport system with simplified ticketing and easily accessible information, and to take firm measures to reduce car and lorry journeys
- If purchasing a new car, consider buying electric
- If organising an outing or pilgrimage for a church group use public transport and avoid ecologically damaging jet travel
- Roll back a piece of asphalt from the church car park and let living trees and plants flourish
- Find out whether in your denomination the church leader gets an allowance for cycle mileage as well as car mileage