Rabat- Environment organizations in Morocco are encouraging Casablanca and Mohammedia to go car-free day on Sunday, October 14.
The initiative is to raise awareness about the threat of air pollution on health and the environment and to improve air quality.
The organizations said they would strictly prohibit cars in the prefecture of Ain Sebaa-Hay Mohammadi in central Casablanca from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is not clear if local police will enforce the ban or if environmentalists plan to block legal traffic.
Organizers are also calling residents of Mohammedia, a coastal city 20 kilometers northeast of Casablanca, to abstain from driving.
Sunday’s car-free day will be the third car-free day organized by the Association for Sustainable Development, Ecology, and Environmental Preservation.
Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital, ranked sixth in high pollution among 211 cities worldwide in mid-2016, with a level of pollution of 94.81 percent, based on American website Numbeo. By mid-2018, Casablanca came 39th among 273 cities worldwide, with a pollution level of 82.71 percent.