Settling in for the long haul
- To catch a glimpse of the end of the domination of our world by the
car don '²t you need to imagine yourself participating in a process
which in many different forms will go on and on for the rest of most
of our lives and certainly mine. I '²m 57.
The campaigns for abolition of slavery and for female emancipation
were carried on over decades on many fronts and in many settings.
Feelings about it divided families as well as communities and
nations. The scars remain today and there is much unfinished
The ending of carmageddon '¶ a term that captures everything to do
with human fecklessness about the world we leave to our grand-
children '¶ will only be ended through enduring courage and
intelligence and principles that include a humble understanding of
how much we have to learn about each other and the world we must
share or lose.
I hesitate at times when I contemplate the perseverance needed to
maintain the lobbying, campaigning and voting (personally and
collectively) vital to ending autodependence and its multiple
connections to economic blight, social inequality, personal tragedy
and global pollution (of the air but also of time and space).
My observations are directed partly to myself but point to the matter
of political pacing and may serve as an antidote to the
disappointment that some may be feeling at the moment about what
seems to be the impetus and direction of British government policy on
transport let alone carfree cities.
>To catch a glimpse of the end of the domination of our world by theIt took us about 100 years to get into our current mess, and I
>car don '²t you need to imagine yourself participating in a process
>which in many different forms will go on and on for the rest of most
>of our lives and certainly mine. I '²m 57.
expect that it will take about 100 years to get out of it.
That's life! So who's in a hurry? (Maybe mother Earth.)
J.H. Crawford _Carfree Cities_