GOOD

What it Looks Like to Completely Turn Off for a Day

On Yom Kippur in Israel no cars are allowed on the streets. Yaeer Eldar documented what this looked like by skating the city's busiest highway.


What would it look like if your entire city shut down for the day? What if no cars, busses, or motorcycles were allowed to operate? What if no one picked up their cell phones for 24 hours? In Israel last Wednesday during Yom Kippurthe Jewish Day of Atonementthat's exactly what happened. And that's what happens every year.

These practices derive from religious traditions suggesting people fast and rest on this holy day; they also have a positive impact on the environment and one's peace of mind. By taking a full day off from fumes, exhaust, noise, and chaos, we have the opportunity to enjoy the little, quieter momentslike hitting the reset button. From that, beautiful moments occur. Without cars, bicycles populate the roads instead and pedestrians walk freely in the middle of what are normally the most heavily trafficked streets. People observe the silence.


For Tel Aviv-based photographer Yaeer Eldar, Yom Kippur offered a rare opportunity to be one of the only ones out in the middle of the Ayalon Freewayone of the busiest freeways that connects all other major highways leading to Tel Aviv. On average, nearly 600,000 vehicles enter the highway daily, but last Wednesday at 6:00 a.m., without another soul around, Eldar and his friend Arthur Rashkovan went skateboarding.

The result of their early morning outing was of course, peace of mind, but also this visual representation of what it looks like to turn off for the day. "It's pretty amazing when you think about it," said Eldar.

What would you do with an entire highway to yourself?

Photos courtesy of Yaeer Eldar

Articles
via Douglas Muth / Flickr

Sin City is doing something good for its less fortunate citizens as well as those who've broken the law this month. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada will drop any parking ticket fines for those who make a donation to a local food bank.

A parking ticket can cost up to $100 in Las Vegas but the whole thing can be forgiven by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main Street through December 16.

The program is designed to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

Keep Reading Show less
Communities

For more than 20 years. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has served the citizens of Maine in the U.S. Senate. For most of that time, she has enjoyed a hard-fought reputation as a moderate Republican who methodically builds bridges and consensus in an era of political polarization. To millions of political observers, she exemplified the best of post-partisan leadership, finding a "third way" through the static of ideological tribalism.

However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Keep Reading Show less
Politics
via Truthout.org / Flickr and Dimitri Rodriguez / Flickr

Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign looks to be getting a huge big shot in the arm after it's faced some difficulties over the past few weeks.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leading voice in the Democratic parties progressive, Democratic Socialist wing, is expected to endorse Sanders' campaign at the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens, New York this Saturday.

Fellow member of "the Squad," Ilhan Omar, endorsed him on Wednesday.

Keep Reading Show less
Politics
Photo by HAL9001 on Unsplash

The U.K. is trying to reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, but aviation may become the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.K. by that same year. A new study commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and conducted at the Imperial College London says that in order for the U.K. to reach its target, aviation can only see a 25% increase, and they've got a very specific recommendation on how to fix it: Curb frequent flyer programs.

Currently, air travel accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, however that number is projected to increase for several reasons. There's a growing demand for air travel, yet it's harder to decarbonize aviation. Electric cars are becoming more common. Electric planes, not so much. If things keep on going the way they are, flights in the U.K. should increase by 50%.

Nearly every airline in the world has a frequent flyer program. The programs offer perks, including free flights, if customers get a certain amount of points. According to the study, 70% of all flights from the U.K. are taken by 15% of the population, with many people taking additional (and arguably unnecessary) flights to "maintain their privileged traveler status."

Keep Reading Show less
The Planet