City layout based on one person, one car

Everyone’s lifestyle in Canada and most of the world is based on fossil fuels.

To the editor:

In response to a line of argument in your pages concerning the fact that people are driving to places where they protest against proposed pipelines: Does this fact invalidate their protest? (Missed Protest–Working; Protesters Return to Dark Age, Feb. 1 Capital News.)

No. It simply points to the fact that we are all in this together.

Everyone’s lifestyle in Canada and most of the world is based on fossil fuels.

That is the problem.

The solution is not to build more pipelines and exploit the last of the low grade bitumen at the cost of our environment.

Let’s try to find a solution to the problem. This will require changes to how we all live. Blaming people because they use fossil fuel powered vehicles to get to a protest is pointless.

If we had organized our city to take advantage of other forms of transportation then it might be valid. This is not the case. This city is built on the assumption that everyone will have their own vehicle. It doesn’t matter what the vehicle uses for fuel, building vehicles for everyone is an unsustainable business.

Perhaps we can try to imagine other ways of organizing ourselves? Buses? Bicycles? No one is guilty, everyone is responsible.

Neil Cadger,

Kelowna

 

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