We all are well aware of the threat posed by climate change to our dear planet earth. Temperatures are rising, sea level is decreasing, glaciers are melting fast and people in different parts of the world are running out of water and food. We also know that the pace at which these changes are occurring is unprecedented. Provided that no strict measures are timely executed, we might just see millions of humans dying as a consequence.
Considering the intensity of the issue in hand, some European countries have stepped in the bigger picture. The city of Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, might just possibly be the first place on earth to have taken this step. Accordingly, any type of vehicle (motorbike, car) run on either petrol or diesel will not be allowed within the city’s premises.
What does this mean for the residents of Amsterdam? Well, now is the time to look for better alternatives that are less harmful to our planet.
Amsterdam banning Petrol/Diesel Vehicles
The decision came about after the city’s council meeting to discuss the future environmental prospects of Amsterdam. Various recommendations and proposals were put forward and discussed. However, the wider consensus that was reached would ban the entry of vehicles run on petrol/diesel. The authorities will strictly be implementing the law in 2030.
One of the concerns that were raised was that these types of vehicles contribute most to the air pollution problem. They were responsible for emitting harmful gases as well as increasing the carbon levels in the atmosphere. Which consequently is damaging the lives of individuals by shortening the life span.
While that proposal on one side, one additional proposal has also been put forward. All diesel operated vehicles that are 15 years or older will be outrightly be banned entry in the A10 ring road area. This is part of the cleanup drive which the city council has actively been promoting.
So far, Amsterdam is known for its bicycle means of transport. Although a significant portion of the residents owns vehicles, a lot depend upon bicycles as a way of travelling. For many, it’s convenient, accessible and above all: environment free. The law would henceforth really mean an increase in the sales of bicycles which people would be shifting as viable alternatives.
What does the law tell us about air pollution?
Pollution, according to medical experts, is a silent killer. It is costing the lives of thousands of people who are unknowingly subjected to a harmful substance which they inhale on a daily basis. It can cause severe health complications like asthma, cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Which really means, the problem is much more serious than what most perceive it to be.
The initiative taken by the Amsterdam city authorities should be acknowledged as the step taken in the right direction. While it may not curb the situation in its entirely can nonetheless create potential good for the environment and the general population. That being said, it is incumbent on other countries to follow suit and introduce similar legislation. Only collective contribution to the issue will be worthwhile.