Cut Carbon Emissions By Restricting Traffic

Target: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio

Goal: Implement limited bans on traffic in New York City to help avert a climate disaster.

New Delhi is cutting its traffic and vehicle-related emissions in half by implementing limited vehicle bans. Starting on the first day of the new year, there will be a schedule that bans certain cars on certain days based on the last digit of their license plate. Citizens will therefore only be allowed to drive their cars in New Delhi every other day. This is expected to create a drastic reduction in carbon pollution in one of the most polluted areas in the world.

New York City is also famous for its traffic problem and the emissions that come with it. New Delhi is not the first place in the world to announce semi-bans on vehicles in highly populated areas. New York City could be the first city in the U.S. to follow this fine example.

Recently, a report was released warning that a failure to reduce carbon emissions globally could cause plants responsible for half the world’s oxygen to stop producing it. By the year 2100, the air at sea level could have as little oxygen as is currently found at the peak of Mount Everest, where humans cannot survive without oxygen tanks for more than a few minutes.

If we don’t immediately and collectively work to cut carbon emissions, the entire human race could suffocate. As one of the most heavily populated areas in the U.S. and a place with an infamous traffic problem, New York is an ideal city to become the forefront in American of a substantial effort to save the human race from a horrible death. Sign to urge the governor of New York to start making plans for some type of limited traffic ban in city limits.


Dear Mayor de Blasio,

You may have heard that New Delhi recently announced plans for a limited ban on vehicles in the area. People will be banned from driving their cars within New Delhi on certain days based on the last digit of their license plate. This makes it so citizens will only be able to drive every other day, effectively cutting traffic and vehicle emissions in half.

New York City, of course, has a severe traffic problem. Millions of people live in the city, and far too many of them drive every day. This creates a huge amount of carbon emissions. You might also be interested to hear that an environmental report was recently released that says that within 85 years, plants that provide half of our oxygen could stop producing it due to global warming caused by carbon emissions. If this happens, every human being will suffocate.

You could be the first leader in the U.S. to implement some type of traffic ban, setting an example for cities across the nation. If it works, you could also be responsible for helping to save the human race. Please look into implementing a limited traffic ban in New York City to reduce carbon emissions.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Ruben de Rijcke

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  1. Stan Benton says:

    Of course I’m dreaming, but I’d sure love to see New York (and other American cities) a bit more like what we used to see of Chinese cities (before they started trying to emulate the “American Dream”), with pedestrians and bicycles all over the streets, and cars extremely rare.
    Maybe we could at least start with bicycle lanes on most streets, although of course riding a bicycle while breathing that polluted air might be tough at first.

  2. Let’s stop shoving animal products down our throats too. Animal Agriculture is the top contributor to climate change. Go Vegan!

    • “Anonymous” is absolutely correct. There is a plethora of reliable information on the internet on the subject of big factory farming contributing enormously to climate change. We MUST alter the way we live or we are doomed!

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