Two months before it hosts the global summit on climate change, Paris is stepping up as a model for green urban living. Sunday marked Paris' first car-free day. Bumper-to-bumper traffic was replaced with blocks chock-full of walkers, joggers, skateboarders and even yogis.
Earlier this year, a rise in pollution from traffic blanketed the entire region in smog so severe that the French capital was briefly named the world's most polluted city. In an effort to reduce harmful carbon emissions, mayor Anne Hidalgo called for a "Paris sans voiture," or without cars.
It seems to have been a hit with locals.
“I live high in a tower block in the east of the city and looking out of my window today I saw the difference straight away," Parisian Elisabeth Pagnac told The Guardian. "The sky has never been this blue."
To which we say: Bravo!