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Enjoy the ride

Why do I have to do these challenges? Well, first, it’s a chance to break away from the mundane routine and add some excitement to your school days. Plus, by participating in the “Enjoy the ride!” challenge as an advocate for School Public Transport, you’re not just taking a ride; you’re steering the world towards a more sustainable future.

The United Nations tells us that half of humanity now calls cities home, and by 2030, even more people will join the urban crowd. With so many people living in these areas, shouldn’t we focus on protecting our cities and our health? The hard truth is that in 2016, air pollution led to 4.2 million premature deaths.  Since 2007, more than half of the world’s population resides in cities, and this share is projected to rise to 60% by 2030. While cities are economic powerhouses, contributing about 60% of global GDP, they also account for approximately 70% of global carbon emissions and over 60% of resource use.

By taking on the challenges to support SDG 11, you’ll not only reduce CO₂ emissions and your carbon footprint, but you’ll also discover new, exciting ways to make your city a more sustainable and healthier environment.  So, are you ready to ditch the ordinary to make a real impact on your city and the planet?  Join us to ditch the ordinary and embrace an extraordinary journey!

Hey, champs! Get ready to embark on a thrilling eco-ride that's all about making a difference and having a ton of fun. Do you usually drive to school? Well, it's time to switch gears and take a leap in the fight against climate change. We challenge you to hop on board non-private vehicles for five amazing rides and share your journey with us. Make school public transport your top choice, or team up with your classmates for carpooling adventures. Capture the magic through the school bus window or car share moments with creative photos, selfies, or even cool videos like time-lapses and snippets.

But that's not all! Post those five awesome photos on our platform and share with us why using school public transport is beneficial. Tell us how you made it work and what your experience was like. Let's turn your daily commutes into exciting, eco-friendly stories that show the world how students like you can make a real impact while having a blast!

The world is becoming increasingly urbanized. Since 2007, more than half the world’s population has been living in cities, and that share is projected to rise to 60 per cent by 2030. 

Cities and metropolitan areas are powerhouses of economic growth—contributing about 60 per cent of global GDP. However, they also account for about 70 per cent of global carbon emissions and over 60 per cent of resource use. 

Rapid urbanization is resulting in a growing number of slum dwellers, inadequate and overburdened infrastructure and services (such as waste collection and water and sanitation systems, roads and transport), worsening air pollution and unplanned urban sprawl. 

The impact of COVID-19 will be most devastating in poor and densely populated urban areas, especially for the one billion people living in informal settlements and slums worldwide, where overcrowding also makes it difficult to follow recommended measures such as social distancing and self-isolation. 

The UN food agency, FAO, warned that hunger and fatalities could rise significantly in urban areas, without measures to ensure that poor and vulnerable residents have access to food

  • Half of humanity – 3.5 billion people – lives in cities today and 5 billion people are projected to live in cities by 2030.
  • 95 per cent of urban expansion in the next decades will take place in developing world
  • 828 million people live in slums today and most them are found in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia.
  • The world’s cities occupy just 3 per cent of the Earth’s land, but account for 60-80 per cent of energy consumption and 75 per cent of carbon emissions.
  • Rapid urbanization is exerting pressure on fresh water supplies, sewage, the living environment, and public health. 
  • Cities account for between 60 and 80 per cent of energy consumption and generate as much as 70per cent of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions
  • 90 per cent of urban growth is forecasted to happen in Asia and Africa in the next 30 years.
  • By 2050 70 per cent of the world population is predicted to live in urban settlements.

11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons

11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries

11.4 Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage

11.5 By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations

11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management

11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities

11.A Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning

11.B By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels

11.C Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials

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