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.
At last we’re in Winter. It’s the year 2047. A worn scrapbook from the future arrives in your lap. It offers a stunning global vision, a warning to the next generations, a repository of practical wisdom, and an invaluable roadmap which you need to navigate the dark times, and the opportunities, which lie ahead.