Driving environmental change can necessitate leaving your car parked. The EARTH University community did just that on September 20, continuing its annual support of World Car-Free Day.
World Car-Free Day aims to decrease global automobile emissions for 24 hours, in a symbolic gesture of giving the planet a moment to breathe easily.
On campus in Guácimo, a number of special activities brought out students, staff, faculty and visitors to raise consciousness around the need to reduce fossil fuel consumption and advocate for renewables.
EARTH’s Environmental Action Unit sponsored a competition in which alternative forms of transportation were festooned with reclaimed materials and paraded around – accompanied by toe-tapping music, of course. 25 community members and university offices exhibited their decorated electric golf carts, bicycles and more through the open-air halls of campus.
The winning vehicle featured a giant, papier-mâché “staff member” who shared the following message:
The day closed with informative talks on topics such as renewables in ag, hybrid technology systems, and electric vehicles.