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World Carfree Day

Bring an end to humanity’s toxic love affair with the car.

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As the temperature climbs, the smog builds and our future grows increasingly uncertain, the time has come to end humanity’s toxic love affair with the car. We’ve become shackled to the idea of automobiles; forgetting the feeling of joy and independence that relying on our own two feet can bring. We’ve forgotten the excitement, dynamism and sense of human solidarity that riding shoulder to shoulder on public transportation can inspire. All along we’ve believed that our cars have set us free, but they have actually made us less so. An endless parade of solitary figures confined within blocks of metal and glass, we’ve become isolated not only from each other, but from our sense of responsibility to the natural world. World Carfree Day is chance to experience what our cities look, feel and sound like without cars. So join your fellow residents and leave your car in park this September 22.

Find out some background about World Carfree Day and check out events happening in your area on the World Carfree Network.

Carbusters magazine offers in-depth critiques of car culture and explores alternatives, carbusters.org.

James Howard Kunstler outlines how the coming age of energy scarcity will necessitate the breakdown of car culture, “We Must Imagine a Future Without Cars,” AlterNet.

An inspiring example of a car-free community, “In German Suburb, Life Goes On Without Cars,” New York Times.

Check out how some San Francisco activists are transforming parking spaces into public parks.

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Musashi

so let me get this straight, a bunch of self-centered, whiny, "me" islands of people would rather use an inefficient form of transporting large groups of people. Walking is a problem too? If this is the case then we deserve to be extinct.

Musashi

so let me get this straight, a bunch of self-centered, whiny, "me" islands of people would rather use an inefficient form of transporting large groups of people. Walking is a problem too? If this is the case then we deserve to be extinct.

Quillvein

Don't be sure that there is any real danger of energy running out. In the mid 1950s a nuclear battery was developed and while it was shelved at the time, if a need for it becomes clear, it will be reintroduced and no amount of demonstrations will stop it.
— Anonymous
reply

I am so happy to read that someone still embodies that scornfully sedative tone of the persistent ecocidal evangelist. It's of no surprise to me that you would rely on peak oil, then when it's all come to an end and when the world's production halts, and out Private Military Corporations can't protect our annexation of other country's oil wells then --- *gasp* a NUCLEAR BATTERY -- Brilliant, just incredible.

I would hope you understand that [nuclear battery] wouldn't in ANY way fix, let alone reverse any of the toxic effects of the oil addiction humanity has succumb to. I'm sure that would cause NO kind of byproduct waste to manage, let alone something with a half-life of anything less than 500 million years... Oh well the Depleated Uranium making its way from the Tigress and Euphrates rivers resulting from US military and PMC defense of East Iraqi and Kirkut Oil fields will be around for 1.5 BILLION ->already caused countless birth defects. Not like that's anything new though.

In short -- no amount of "demonstrations" will stop your messianic Nuclear Battery?... Maybe you're right mr. anonymous. But I dont think anyone here devoted to the PROGRESSION and EVOLUTION of humanity is going to need a picket sign to institute change and effective direct action. Sure, riding your bike day might make an "independence" junkie flip off some kids biking on the street -- But as long as you continue along you're consumer "I" oriented throwaway society, and make believe you are thinking for yourself -- I encourage you to look and see how people like Lester Brown and millions of others are making vast advances in science and environmental reform to ensure that our future generations dont get a sink hole of so called "Progress" like I did.

Remember nothing we by reflects the entire cost of what it took to get there. There are always going to be HIDDEN costs of oil, consumer goods, textiles etc. that will not be taken down in anyone's accounting book, reflected on any "for sale" sign or discount markdown. We need a system that will reflect the environmental and human costs of consumer goods. "THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF AMERICA'S ECONOMY IS TO PRODUCE CONSUMER GOODS" - Eisenhower Council of Economic Advisors Chairmen

It's cool, its all good UP the Nuclear Batteries, UP the toxic landfills and oceans! Just remember to sustain that awesome statistic that 99% of the stuff America processes, mines, extracts, manufactures and transports is trashed before 6 months. That's right! Keep on moving in constant growth, relying on a world with limited resources! TRASH THE EARTH!

By the way -- You're not in control just because you have a car. It's amazing that one of you said "the advantage of cars is that they increase personal independance dramatically... albeit on the reliance of fossil fuels.
I agree with the conclusion of this argument, but both premises are false."

**applause** See you in the streets after peak oil and global melt down after the Thermohaline circulation (Great conveyor belt) shuts down. Hah demonstrations... THAT'S what they'll be called! **insert sarcastic+irritating+caustic voice here**

Peace

Quillvein

Don't be sure that there is any real danger of energy running out. In the mid 1950s a nuclear battery was developed and while it was shelved at the time, if a need for it becomes clear, it will be reintroduced and no amount of demonstrations will stop it.
— Anonymous
reply

I am so happy to read that someone still embodies that scornfully sedative tone of the persistent ecocidal evangelist. It's of no surprise to me that you would rely on peak oil, then when it's all come to an end and when the world's production halts, and out Private Military Corporations can't protect our annexation of other country's oil wells then --- *gasp* a NUCLEAR BATTERY -- Brilliant, just incredible.

I would hope you understand that [nuclear battery] wouldn't in ANY way fix, let alone reverse any of the toxic effects of the oil addiction humanity has succumb to. I'm sure that would cause NO kind of byproduct waste to manage, let alone something with a half-life of anything less than 500 million years... Oh well the Depleated Uranium making its way from the Tigress and Euphrates rivers resulting from US military and PMC defense of East Iraqi and Kirkut Oil fields will be around for 1.5 BILLION ->already caused countless birth defects. Not like that's anything new though.

In short -- no amount of "demonstrations" will stop your messianic Nuclear Battery?... Maybe you're right mr. anonymous. But I dont think anyone here devoted to the PROGRESSION and EVOLUTION of humanity is going to need a picket sign to institute change and effective direct action. Sure, riding your bike day might make an "independence" junkie flip off some kids biking on the street -- But as long as you continue along you're consumer "I" oriented throwaway society, and make believe you are thinking for yourself -- I encourage you to look and see how people like Lester Brown and millions of others are making vast advances in science and environmental reform to ensure that our future generations dont get a sink hole of so called "Progress" like I did.

Remember nothing we by reflects the entire cost of what it took to get there. There are always going to be HIDDEN costs of oil, consumer goods, textiles etc. that will not be taken down in anyone's accounting book, reflected on any "for sale" sign or discount markdown. We need a system that will reflect the environmental and human costs of consumer goods. "THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF AMERICA'S ECONOMY IS TO PRODUCE CONSUMER GOODS" - Eisenhower Council of Economic Advisors Chairmen

It's cool, its all good UP the Nuclear Batteries, UP the toxic landfills and oceans! Just remember to sustain that awesome statistic that 99% of the stuff America processes, mines, extracts, manufactures and transports is trashed before 6 months. That's right! Keep on moving in constant growth, relying on a world with limited resources! TRASH THE EARTH!

By the way -- You're not in control just because you have a car. It's amazing that one of you said "the advantage of cars is that they increase personal independance dramatically... albeit on the reliance of fossil fuels.
I agree with the conclusion of this argument, but both premises are false."

**applause** See you in the streets after peak oil and global melt down after the Thermohaline circulation (Great conveyor belt) shuts down. Hah demonstrations... THAT'S what they'll be called! **insert sarcastic+irritating+caustic voice here**

Peace

naynay

Car free is great in theory, but first people need to learn how to walk and bike with regard to those around them. Living in NY I've grown to detest cyclists more than anything, and my fellow pedestrians are just as careless and self-absorbed. Cyclists piss and moan about cars bullying them, but they're just as bad and aren't going to win any favor until they get it together. And frankly, if you put yourself in a truck's blind spot or are whizzing by a stopped taxi, you're asking to get hurt. Cars stink and drivers are just as stupid, but at least if you drive one on the sidewalk or plow one through a red light you'll get arrested. I can't tell you how many times I've been hit by cyclists who zip blindly around corners or speed through pedestrian crosswalks against traffic, or how many other people I've seen hit by bikers, not to mention how few cyclists wear the appropriate attire (helmets are too dorky, but flowing skirts and flip-flops make perfect sense. Brrrriliant). And i would seriously eat my own pooh to see a cyclists obey even one traffic law OR see one traffic cop discipline a cyclist.

naynay

Car free is great in theory, but first people need to learn how to walk and bike with regard to those around them. Living in NY I've grown to detest cyclists more than anything, and my fellow pedestrians are just as careless and self-absorbed. Cyclists piss and moan about cars bullying them, but they're just as bad and aren't going to win any favor until they get it together. And frankly, if you put yourself in a truck's blind spot or are whizzing by a stopped taxi, you're asking to get hurt. Cars stink and drivers are just as stupid, but at least if you drive one on the sidewalk or plow one through a red light you'll get arrested. I can't tell you how many times I've been hit by cyclists who zip blindly around corners or speed through pedestrian crosswalks against traffic, or how many other people I've seen hit by bikers, not to mention how few cyclists wear the appropriate attire (helmets are too dorky, but flowing skirts and flip-flops make perfect sense. Brrrriliant). And i would seriously eat my own pooh to see a cyclists obey even one traffic law OR see one traffic cop discipline a cyclist.

Chez

If cyclists in cities would get the hell of the road they would help speed up traffic and reduce emission :). They stop driving their cars and instead help slow down hundreds.....hypocrites.

Chez

If cyclists in cities would get the hell of the road they would help speed up traffic and reduce emission :). They stop driving their cars and instead help slow down hundreds.....hypocrites.

Richard Smoker

The idea of 'commuting' just baffles me. The city/location where I live, residents will commute an hour or longer each way every day. My 'commute' has never been more than 6 blocks. When we upped and moved our office to another location, I upped and moved within walking distance. Sure it was a bit of a hassle buying and selling a new place to live, but I spend 20 minutes total-on foot-each day 'commuting.' There's zero stress, unless I'm running late then I have to bust out my commuter bike. I still own a pickup truck to head out into the mountains or desert on the weekends, but spend next to nothing each year on gas and repairs.

When I ask my coworkers what's the point of the long commute? They all indicate they wanted the big house, with a big yard and big garage to store all their toys. What they fail to realize is that by the time they get home it's almost dark and there's no time to enjoy all of those 'toys', plus they are working longer to pay for all that gas, repairs, etc.... Makes zero sense. I get home in a flash, load up my Camelbak, pedal for 15 minutes and I'm at the base of a mountain range with 80+ miles of single track. Sure, I don't have a big home with a garage. But my standard of living and health is 100 times better. I have a multitude of restaurants (non-chain), organic grocery stores, etc... all within a short walk. They still all have to load up their cars and drive to obtain even an inkling of this-which leaves even less time to enjoy their time away from the office. Every Monday I'll chat with these people as to what they did over the weekend and it's always the same 'caught up on chores, went shopping, mowed the lawn, I was really tired from the work week so I sat and watched TV...." All the while, the 4 wheelers, boats, jetski's, motorcyles, etc...that they're killing themselves to pay off sit in the garage collecting dust.

Life is really not a difficult thing to obtain.

Richard Smoker

The idea of 'commuting' just baffles me. The city/location where I live, residents will commute an hour or longer each way every day. My 'commute' has never been more than 6 blocks. When we upped and moved our office to another location, I upped and moved within walking distance. Sure it was a bit of a hassle buying and selling a new place to live, but I spend 20 minutes total-on foot-each day 'commuting.' There's zero stress, unless I'm running late then I have to bust out my commuter bike. I still own a pickup truck to head out into the mountains or desert on the weekends, but spend next to nothing each year on gas and repairs.

When I ask my coworkers what's the point of the long commute? They all indicate they wanted the big house, with a big yard and big garage to store all their toys. What they fail to realize is that by the time they get home it's almost dark and there's no time to enjoy all of those 'toys', plus they are working longer to pay for all that gas, repairs, etc.... Makes zero sense. I get home in a flash, load up my Camelbak, pedal for 15 minutes and I'm at the base of a mountain range with 80+ miles of single track. Sure, I don't have a big home with a garage. But my standard of living and health is 100 times better. I have a multitude of restaurants (non-chain), organic grocery stores, etc... all within a short walk. They still all have to load up their cars and drive to obtain even an inkling of this-which leaves even less time to enjoy their time away from the office. Every Monday I'll chat with these people as to what they did over the weekend and it's always the same 'caught up on chores, went shopping, mowed the lawn, I was really tired from the work week so I sat and watched TV...." All the while, the 4 wheelers, boats, jetski's, motorcyles, etc...that they're killing themselves to pay off sit in the garage collecting dust.

Life is really not a difficult thing to obtain.

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