Car Free day: Are you in?

2012-09-14 14:15
Cape Town - Wesgro and the National Department for Tourism has joined forces to promote Car Free Day in Cape Town, Western Cape on 20 September as they along with the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) are encouraging the promotion of renewable and sustainable energy.

The month of September is marked as the annual tourism month. Wesgro aligned their campaign, Car Free Day, with the World Tourism Organisation’s theme for this year which is ‘Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development’.

Nils Flaatten, Chief Executive of Wesgro says renewable energy is potentially one of the biggest investment areas in the Western Cape and therefore they want to boost trade and investments in the province.  According to the WTO, this year’s theme aims to highlight the role of tourism by creating awareness around modern, efficient and affordable energy services.

The aim of Car Free Day is to reduce the carbon footprint by encouraging the public to use alternative means of transport and by this also seeing more of the city and its surroundings. All Wesgro staff will use alternative means of transport on the day and they will gather at Cape Town station where they will meet commuters at an event planned by Wesgro. Various prizes will be given away at the occasion.

The City of Cape Town’s MyCiti bus, the bike lane on the Western Seaboard, Metrorail and Golden Arrow bus services can be used by the public on this day. The Wesgro staff will embark on the scenic tourist route via Simons Town with Metrorail to persuade the public to become tourists in their own city.

Wesgro and the Department of Tourism are joining forces to highlight the pollution caused by cars and together with the help of communities and individuals, reducing carbon emissions. Let’s make Cape Town and the Western Cape an environmentally friendly city for all.


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