"High oil price stops globalisation" WELT-article mentions WCN`s AGM // Re: [wcn_media] mass transit in LA gets record high ridership
- Hi all,
here is also an article from today with a similar subject. It mentions WCN`s
AGM, me and my autofrei leben! club. I had a phone call with one of the
authors a few days ago. He said, he personally lives carfree, and he was
very surprised to see that there are carfree organisations. He liked that.
I think, for Germans this article is very surprising, because nobody expects
from the publisher (Springer company, right wing) such an article, which is
so critical with globalization.
Especially for us carfree people it is surprising, because Springer attacked
WCN last summer.
High oil price stops globalisation
The high costs of energy already hinder the traffic of goods and the
mobility of the people. More and more people renounce on the car, airlines
shut down planes, the world commerce gets on the brakes. Indications
increase, that soon the car will not be german`s loved child any more.
(the article starts with some notes and quotes of my experiences with people
at an info-table I had with my carfree club June-1. Then some paragraphs
later the article highlights the marketing success of the new carfree
development in Cologne. Then it is about "empty US highways", the decrease
of car use in USA, the crazy system of world wide transports of goods
because oil prices are so low, and so on)
the sentence about WCN:
The World Carfree Network, a world wide initiative for carfree life,
registered at the weekend during its annual general meeting in Portland a
record number of application for membership from 16 national initiatives.
(I think this whole article is worth to translate.)
cheers from Berlin
www.autofrei.de | www.autofrei-wohnen.de
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Subject: [wcn_media] mass transit in LA gets record high ridership
> This video talks about people in LA switching to mass transit, stating
> that due to high gas prices, the LA metro/subway system gets 7000 new
> riders each day. that is pretty impressive!
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> I think, for Germans this article is very surprising, becausenobody expects
> from the publisher (Springer company, right wing) such an article,which is
> so critical with globalization.attacked
> Especially for us carfree people it is surprising, because Springer
> WCN last summer.Hoher_Oelpreis_stoppt_die_Globalisierung.html
What a lovely article! The only thing I disagree with is that
globalization requires fossil fuels. We are globalising right on this
email list, sending emails all over the globe. The shipping boss says
their boats are going at half power and saving lots of fuel. (But
still going faster than half speed, I bet). They have even done tests
with kites which can reduce fuel consumption by 50%.
The right wing is moving quite quickly on many green issues and on
peak oil. Last year the Murdoch newspapers started publishing
favorable articles about bicycling, notably in the Times (London). I
think a lot of people in the fossil industry just wanted to squeeze
every last drop out of an unsustainable lifestyle on the way out. But
at a certain point even the silliest people will realise that you
will be considered a clown by the public unless you move on.