Be prepared for some carbon monoxide withdrawal in Tripoli: Air pollution is Lebanon is getting bad. Local youths have appealed to the Environment Ministry to close the city to cars this coming Sunday. While it is documented that car-less cities and suburbs like Vauban in Germany may bring other problems for the elderly who need to lug around groceries, over all the sound of a car-less Middle East is music to my ears.
Cars are polluting and noisy. If you live in a healthy city, you don’t need one – just your legs to walk you to the market, or your bike to get you across town.
The country’s Environment Minister Nazim Khoury blamed transportation for 70 percent of Lebanon’s air pollution problems. A bigger problem is the single commuter: “When you stand in Beirut or Tripoli, it’s clear that thousands of cars pass by with only one person inside,” Khoury said.
Tripoli Carfree City will happen November 12-13th in Tripoli and Mina. Send us photos, dear readers, if you can.