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U-Turn for Transport

© Christoph Püschner

Mobility, especially in the form of journeys by car and lorry, is one of the main causes of climate change. Almost thirty percent of all greenhouse gases in the Alps can be attributed to transport. As a result of the importance of leisure activities and tourism in the Alps, more journeys are made by car there than on the European average. The Alpine valleys and passes suffer to an exceptional degree from high levels of noise and airborne pollutants in the valleys and from the massive impacts of the engineered infrastructure on the landscape. That has consequences for the flora and fauna and for the quality of life for the people living along the main transit routes and for residents and visitors to the holiday regions. CIPRA is working to ensure that the Alpine countries and the EU actively support awareness building for the need for sustainable mobility.