Re: [carfree_cities] There's more stuff to do at home before we go out there
>>because theres so much to do at home, in the immense polity of humanthere is a prize for the first non-governmental flight into space. The name
>>nature.' Also a chapter in "Governmentality in Brian Loader (ed.) (1997)
>>Baddeley, S. The Governance of Cyberspace (London:Routledge) (5) 64-96
escapes me right now but the
>idea is to be able to take two people into space, return them safely to... but Henning this is exactly what I was trying to say. I would love to do
>earth and have the entire vehicle ready for launch again in two weeks. (no
>dumping parts on the way up).
>Anyway, the major forces in this race, include the major forces in civilian
>recreational aviation. Today's Wright Brothers, make historic flights every
>day, you just don't hear about them. Don't forget that the early astronauts
>were pilots first. Again, I agree that we need to look at our commuter
>airplane usage, just remember there are other airport users out there too.
a recreational flight into space but I wouldn't on the grounds that it is
I have a Puritan streak. There's so much work to do down here that space
flight except for the professionals - and even they should be struggling for
resources because our main allocation of expenditures should be righting
ourselves and our environmentally feckless earthbound societies - is out.
I value space flight for the information it affords us about the state of
the earth but for me to go into space would be an indulgence. Mind you I'm
also human and I accept that were the offer made to me I wouldn't refuse. It
would be the most incredible of experiences - which is why I felt a lump in
my throat when I was writing that paragraph for the beauty and wonder of
what I was turning away from to enjoin attention to the earth.
So my point is that I would like serious consideration given to alternative
forms of air transportation such as airships and to the use of ocean liners
for commerce. The statistics on the effects of current forms of air travel
suggest that once the car is tamed airplanes will become far more prominent
examples of eco-unfriendly technology and I see no obvious reason why we
shouldn't even now be speculating about how they might be repalced. If
alternative and eco-friendly fuel sources for airplanes can be found then
fine ... and again I would be the first to tingle with the excitement of my
first air journey many years ago and the particular smell of aviation fuel
that hangs around a great airport and I still get excited by that on even
the most routine of flights.
There are good things about carfree but there are things individuals will
need to abandon. I went on a car tour about 3 years ago in southern Greece
and as we motored along empty roads in an air-conditioned car in the midday
heat among olive groves and sun drenched rocks with vistas of blue sea I
recalled the joys of motor touring that I enjoyed in my childhood. That's
impossible in the UK except in the car ads. If the roads were clear and went
on for ever as in some parts of the world they still seem to I'd be out
there in my car - as selfish as anyone. As it is I recover some of those
pleasures on my bicycle.