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World Car-Free Day!

Today we celebrate World Car Free Day.  This day is a worldwide event observed annually on September 22nd.

A day to raise awareness of the environment to help make a change to the global issues of the world on pollution and climate change.  We encourage everyone to give up driving their cars for a day by going to work riding public transportation, or by simply riding your bike to work.

One day is all we need to encourage a greener method of travel to bring awareness for the benefits of our children’s future to have a better and greener world free of pollution.  We can all do this by walking, or biking to work.  It will not only benefit the earth but it will also benefit our health, having a fun way of exercising without even knowing it.

If you don’t want to walk, you can always share-a-ride by joining a carpool.  You can also check the schedule for a bus ride or a train ride in your town.  Riding a bus or a train instead of driving your own car saves you gas, eliminate the hassle of traffic and paying for your parking, so why not enjoy a car-free ride.

So, today, celebrate this day by participating in a World Car-free Day event in your city.  If there is not an event in your city, you can always go to work on your bike, in solidarity with the participants around the globe. Share on social media how you participated in this global event using #CarFreeDay.

1985 The first Farm Aid concert is held in Champaign, Illinois

It started with an offhand remark made by Bob Dylan during his performance at Live Aid, the massive fundraising concert held at Wembley Stadium, London, and JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, in the early summer of 1985. As television viewers around the world phoned in donations in support of African famine relief, Dylan said from the stage, “I hope that some of the money…maybe they can just take a little bit of it, maybe…one or two million, maybe…and use it, say, to pay the mortgages on some of the farms and, the farmers here, owe to the banks.” Dylan would come under harsh criticism from Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof for his remarks (“It was a crass, stupid and nationalistic thing to say,” Geldof would later write), but he planted a seed with several fellow musicians who shared his concern over the state of the American family farm. Less than one month later, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp announced plans for “Farm Aid,” a benefit concert for America’s farmers held in Champaign, Illinois, on September 22, 1985.

As one might have expected of a concert staged to “raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land,” Farm Aid featured a number of performers from the worlds of country, folk and rootsy rock music. There were the three main organizers and the instigator Bob Dylan, for instance, along with Hoyt Axton, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Joni Mitchell, and Charley Pride. But the first Farm Aid, more than any of the annual Farm Aid concerts since, was a bit of a stylistic free-for-all, featuring artists united only by their interest in supporting a good cause.