Friday, August 15, 2014
Part of Business as usual
Check out Worldometers, a site that offers “realtime world statistics.” Here’s one part of it that I find a little staggering:
How many cars in the world?
This is the beast on whose back we ride: a global and growing economic machine, one facet of which currently adds 60 million new cars every year to an increasing global fleet of about 1 billion vehicles (and take note: that doesn’t include commercial vehicles, trucks, buses and the like).
If we hope to imagine some serene, green, walkable/sustainable alternative future economy, we must also be ready to explain: what is to become of a billion (mostly oil-powered) automobiles, and the economic machinery that designs, manufactures, sells, fuels, maintains, repairs and eventually disposes of them? What becomes of the people who were engaged in that enterprise?