Some people think international car-free days are an effective way of reducing air pollution, others think there are some other ways.
Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
It is argued that international car-free days are the best thing to do to curb air pollution levels, while others say that more alternatives methods should be used. While there will be lower air pollution if fewer cars run on roads, I believe that other alternative things should be considered to curb air pollution like the use of public transport.
On the one hand, during international car-free days, no cars would be allowed to run on the road, and this will result in fewer exhaust fumes being emitted into the atmosphere by cars. This will significantly improve air quality. For example, a recent study conducted by Cambridge University found that if every month 4 days are reversed as car-free days in the whole world, there will be nearly 10% reduction in the air pollution caused by cars. However, I do not agree with the statement because of the reason elucidated below.
On the other hand, I think more alternatives are required to reduce air pollution such as encourage people to use public transportation. This will actually keep thousands of cars away from roads which are used by people to reach their workplace or to move around in the city. This will surely lower air pollution. To illustrate, if people stop using cars by themselves to wander around the city, there will less personal vehicles running on roads and consequently, lower air pollution. Therefore, I agree with this school of thought because this encouragement will automatically reduce air pollution when people understand the importance of doing this.
In conclusion, although internationally banning cars to run on some specific days can have a significant impact on improving air pollution, I believe that motivating people to use public transport is a more viable way to reduce air pollution caused by cars.