Let's have London's first Car Free Day!

Everyday Londoners like me are breathing in toxic fumes that can seriously damage our health. This city is home for me and my family, and because of that I’m determined to do something about it.

Studies show that almost 10,000 people a year are dying from air pollution in London. The fumes increase the risks of developing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and are especially harmful  to children and the elderly. The mountain of medical research on the dangers of air pollution in London makes me worried about how the toxic air we breathe is affecting our loved ones. But I know that  London is one of the greatest cities in the world, and that working together we have an opportunity to show that another way is possible.

This is why I want London Mayor Sadiq Khan to agree to hold a Car Free Day on Saturday 22nd September 2018. It will be a day of community celebrations and street parties across London. It will be a day when families and communities gather outdoors and breathe fresh air. It will be a day for Londoners to come together to demonstrate a shared vision of a healthier, cleaner, greener future.

Other cities around the world, from Jakarta to Bogota to Paris, have a Car Free Day. They’ve done it successfully, and so can we. The day will be a catalyst for a better urban future for all Londoners and will demonstrate our global leadership in the transition to greener, cleaner, and healthier cities.

This exciting opportunity can only happen with your support. Sadiq Khan has already said he’s looking to find ways of improving London’s air quality. If enough of us tell him that we want this, he’ll have to agree.

Marco Picardi