Bolivia bans cars for ‘Day of the Pedestrian’

South America

Bolivia, a country not known for it’s environmental concerns; indeed, a country that not many people even know about.

On Sunday Bolivia held it’s first ‘National Day of the Pedestrian.’

All motorised vehicles, including public transport, were banned in cities across the country on Sunday.

Bolivia’s government says it wants to raise awareness about the environment.

It comes at a time when President Evo Morales’ government is facing criticism over plans to build a highway through the Amazon rainforest.

More modest vehicles had the city streets to themselves

The recent protests against the highway have been an embarrassment for Mr Morales, who is a prominent advocate of indigenous rights and the protection of “Mother Earth”.

Two million cars were taken off the streets on Sunday in nine cities, according to officials cited by Reuters news agency.

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Source: BBC News Read the full story

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But, concern for the environment in Bolivia doesn’t end there. There are organisations, both domestic and international that are active. One of them is FAN Bolivia, check their site (front page is in Spanish but with English tabs taking yu to English pages). Some great photography.

A quick search will show many sights that share environmental concerns in the country.

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