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Carbon-cutting challenge comes to Cape Town

It's Transport Month: Let’s mix up our transport aspirations and choices a little

WWF partners Open Streets are running the AtoB Challenge in Cape Town on 30 October. This is a low-carbon transport competition conceived by WWF, pioneered by the City of Tshwane and incorporated by the City of Joburg in its EcoMobility Festival. Teams traverse a route using only public, minibus taxi, electric or non-motorised transport, competing to come in with the lowest carbon footprint after adventures along the way.
 
Join the junket! To be lucky enough to get one of six places available and team up with celebrities, government officials, CEOs and students, contact campaigns@openstreets.co.za. Or enjoy a family outing to Open Streets Langa where the race ends. Else you can listen to KFM broadcasting teams’ progress as they move through the checkpoints. #AtoBChallenge

Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of climate change, you can make a real impact by turning your transport aspirations and choices around, just for some trips. Transport is South Africa’s second biggest cause of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change, after our coal-based electricity supply. Setting aside emissions from oil refineries and coal-to-liquid-fuels plants, 9% of emissions in 2010 came from combustion of fossil fuels in transport. These emissions are the country’s fastest growing: 32% growth from 2000 to 2010. Over half of these emissions are due to passenger transport, and of those 69% comes from cars. Besides earning your green stripes, avoiding one-person-one-car trips connects you with fellow residents and lets you experience your city afresh.
The low-carbon transport competition was conceived by WWF, pioneered by the City of Tshwane and incorporated by the City of Joburg in its EcoMobility Festival.

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