NCST Calls for Transportation Strategy to Solve Environmental Problems, Lost Time
The National Campaign for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) organized a bike parade that went from the Beirut Downtown Area to the Mar Mikhael Train Station and back. More than 300 participants of all ages joined in this event, which came as an anniversary for the NCST in Lebanon and the Critical Mass movement worldwide.
Speaking in the name of the coalition, Fadel Fakih of Greenline said that the NCST organized this activity to let people know there are alternatives to the current situation and solutions exist. The main mission of the NCST is “to create a platform for civil society, academic, private and public sectors to come up with initiatives, policies and strategies to achieve sustainable transportation in Lebanon. We also want to promote and spread awareness about the cause, policies and strategies of the campaign, in addition to advocating and lobbying for the adoption and the implementation of a sustainable transport strategy.
The event of the day stopped at the Mar Mikhael bus and train station. Surrounded by the carcasses of the old buses, members of the coalition lit candles shaped in the initials of the campaign N.C.S.T. Fadi Al Sayegh, member of the LPHU (Lebanese Physically Handicapped Union) addressed the crowd, telling all participants that the situation in Lebanon is terrible for transportation, causing health and environmental problems, in addition to the lost time and productivity. He said that establishing a proper transportation system with a proper vision would be beneficial for all Lebanese.
The National Campaign for Sustainable Transportation is a group of non-governmental organizations including Greenline, Greenpeace, IndyAct, Aie Serve, Critical Mass, Train Train, Fast Forward, the LPHU and YASA, in addition to several activists and other NGO’s who support the mission of the coalition.
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