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Sustainable consumption and production: changing our relationship with cars – by Paul Nieuwenhuis

March 11, 2014

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Abandoned car

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I have spent much of the past 25 years or so trying to work out how we can have our car and be sustainable at the same time. Most of my fellow environmentalists would argue that is impossible and that people should just give up their cars and use public transport, walk or cycle instead. That line of argument is a bit of a dead end, because most people are just not going to do that. In fact more and more people in countries like India and China are taking up car ownership and car use in droves, because cars are just very appealing even where they are not the most practical or sensible transport mode. It is important to realize that a car is much more than a transport mode and that it is this range of other qualities that hold much of its appeal. […]

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The journey to a better place: low carbon mobility and sustainable transport – by Moshe Givoni

February 4, 2014

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bike frame and shadow

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It was going to be the birthplace of a world revolution, combining the Israeli entrepreneurial spirit and its love affair with start-up companies; and it was going to finally marry sustainability and transport. It was supposed to demonstrate that harnessing together technology and political will can bring about a real change. Without going into the details of why Better Place’s electric car failed to move us any closer to low carbon mobility, once again it demonstrated that there are no easy technological fixes for environmental problems. If Better Place had picked a ‘better’ car or place to begin with, had had a more focused marketing strategy and had been quicker to set up the battery-exchange ‘fuelling’ stations, would we at least be moving towards sustainable transport? Probably not! […]

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