Speak for oneself, I guess? Coming from the UK and now living in the US, I would be perfectly happy with a robust bus and train system over cars.
I didn't need to learn to drive until I was 27, and that was because I moved to the US. I was quite happy with public transport before then, but the state I'm in just doesn't have that option available. Of course, COVID changes things, but this is assuming a society where I and anyone who wants it are vaccinated.
We can absolutely give up cars. We didn't have cars at one point. We'd just need to change the way we think of travelling to distant places, to yoke it back in line with what we expected a couple hundred years ago.
Clearly you havenít met a Gen Z person, no offense. Weíve all always dreamt of high-speed rial, not only because it is fast and cool but also because itís environmentally friendly and a feasible alternative to cars and planes.
There was a whole meme about our desire for high-speed rail, and even a Vox article breaking down why itís so popular. https://www.vox.com/2021/3/10/22303355/gen-z-high-speed-rail-biden-map-meme-buttigieg
As for electric cars vs trains, my view is why not both? Just like weíll need both renewable energy and nuclear to fight climate change, both a reduction in meat and more sustainable farming practices, so too will we need both electric cars AND public transport if we want to effectively help fight the climate crisis.
Sure, but it would have to be on the Discord, so as not to break the RMB rules.
Well, believe it or not, it has been played before, so feel free to start it again.
I agree, actually, I shouldn't have just said trains, I just know they're a popular example. Buses and trolleybuses would be great, although there's definitely more of a stigma with them that would have to be addressed.
Buses are miserable. In cities, any form of public transportation that is at the mercy of car traffic is mostly punishment. I often walk faster than they move. And in rural areas, the stops are frequently ill-considered, in relation to how they would be used by people without cars. So often I've seen stops alongside a ditch, with no sidewalk access, and no shelter. In fact, I can't think of a single good experience taking a bus through a rural area.
Being on a train or a subway or an elevated feels like efficiency and progress; being on a bus feels like hardship. No one cares about the people who have to use buses, and so no consideration is paid to how they will run or be used.
Of course, this may simply be another instance of a uniquely American problem, I'm not sure...
Where I live, Lisbon, the public transportation network is either electric (streetcars, or trams) or natural gas vehicles (buses). The City authority also provides bycicles and bycicles lanes, electric-powered bycicles and scooters.
More and more people use them on a daily basis. Yet still, car ownership is a status symbol. Old habits die hard.
The bright side is that electric-powered cars have been widely accepted and used in coastal cities and towns, where about 60% of the population lives. Inland however, where population density is lower and people are older, that kind of change is not going to happen so soon. But I guess we can excuse them for their battered, 20 y.o. two-stroke motorcycles, or high end SUVs for large landowners. After all they grow crops and vegetable gardens, raise cattle and poultry, tend herds of sheep and goat and so on. They live an "early to bed and early to rise" lifestyle. They live longer and healthier. They live without the amenities one finds in cities and larger towns and seem quite happy about it. Living in a big city is a deal with the devil.
But we could (and probably need to) rethink human population spread.
To be honest I don't think we can have our cake and eat it.
We're just going to have to get used to not being able to do everything we want.
Tech isn't going to get us out of this mess and I think it's too late to hope we can make tech that will mitigate the damage.
One way or another, if we survive much longer, we're likely going to end up living like most indigenous people did pre-contact, which varies from region to region, but I don't think that's a bad thing at all.
Somehow my timber industry eradicated itself without my involvement (I haven't been answering issues since Summer 2019).
Oh well, at least I got a new banner.
It is not uniquely American, I second your assessment from down under. I take the bus into university because they are electrifying the train line and running substitute buses in the meantime. It stops at fewer stops than the trains, and aside from the express bus that doesn't stop anywhere expect where I get on and get off (which conveniently only runs at peak hours and not usually when I need it), it is slower than the train.
This electrification project is actually infuriating. It has been delayed so much it's ridiculous - it was supposed to be completed years ago, and just recently they delayed it yet again so now the entire line is closed until November. I think by the time they finish electrifying the line I won't even need it because I'll have graduated...
Well, after some consideration here are the ideologies I plan on including in the GII (Green Ideology Index), in no particular order:
Anarcho-Primitivism (why does autocorrect hate anarcho?)
If anyone has any other ideas, please feel free to contact me.
Unless you're putting it under the banner of "eco-socialism", social ecology (IE libertarian municipalism IE the Rojava model) definitely deserves a place on the list
Oh, so there is a precedent huh? I'll post my list in a moment
Well, would you look at that, it got sorted out really swiftly,
Basically what happened, i got a rare eye disease, and got appointed to a doctor in Brno today, luckily his daughter had the same disease as me.
he made an operation on me and fixed it, but now i have to wear special glasses
So that's my story of how i nearly got blind, now im just color blind and have to wear special glasses
and my condolences to the royal family of uk
I was debating whether I should include it or not, given that it's kind of a mash-mash between municipalism, eco-socialism and communism. But I think it's unique enough and actually kind of used, so I'll include it. That brings the grand total for the GII so far to 17.
I think you should include Social Ecology, since it is more a combination of Anarcho-Collectivism and Environmentalism, and I although Anarcho-Collectivism is within the banner of Socialism, it is distinct enough that I think Social Ecology would merit its own spot on the list. I mean if you are making a distinction between Eco-Communism and Eco-Socialism, you should also include Social Ecology. Besides, already two different autonomies have implemented Social Ecology (Rojava and the Zapatistas), which certainly makes it more successful than at least some other ideologies on this list.
So Iíve been grappling with a question that is proving difficult to get Google to pin down for me; which place do the most invasive species come from? Like, are there any regions that are net exporters of species that in other regions are invasive? For example the Burmese python is invasive in Florida, but native to Myanmar so tally one for Myanmar.
All I've found so far is a study that brushed on it, but the chart that came with it was general to the point of uselessness.
At the risk of being entirely general and theoretical about it, I would say Eurasia has contributed the most species that would be invasive to the other regions of the globe. In general, large places have more species and more competition, whereas smaller places, more isolated places, and place with less geographical and climatic variety would have more niche species that can't make it elsewhere or alternatively that would prove to be more susceptible to things from places that were bigger and more complex. Also, the point of departure for many things that humans have spread around the world has been where we came from, which in the last several hundred years has mostly been Europe and Asia. This is not to say that things from smaller places with more simplified ecosystems don't wreak havoc elsewhere, like the spread of the Epipremnum aureum (i.e. the common "pothos" houseplant) from an island in Polynesia to many tropical areas around the world, of course.
But on balance, and without a shred of evidence gathering, I would say that as one combines 1. a large, connected area that 2. has a lot of species already and that 3. human have lived in for a longer period of time and 4. from which they have gone to many other places probably contributes more species that would be invasive to other regions. Whereas places that were 1. smaller, 2. more isolated and/or more simplified, with 3. smaller or more isolated human populations that 4. were themselves visited upon by people from other regions in the last, say, half-millennium would stand a lower chance of contributing invasive species. Think of the imbalance with Australia. Lots of things come there and destroy the native ecosystems and human societies, but few Australian things have gone on to overrun the Middle East or Europe, say.
But that's just armchair speculation from someone who still thinks of humans as "the" invasive species, despite having been disabused of my incorrect use of terminology, so I may be wrong. Perhaps Antarctica is whence the invaders come.
Aww, I'm sorry to hear about that, Kepler. Make sure you wear the glasses and do whatever other care practices the doctor instructed you to do. Eyesight is extremely precious, as I'm sure you've got a newfound appreciation for. I'm glad to hear that you were able to be looked at and that they could help you. But don't try to rush the recovery process; better to be overly cautious than to get overconfident and cause some kind of further injury. Best wishes for a full and complete recovery! *sending positive energy and whatnot*
Ok so I'll start:
1 - My family's coat of arms includes a communist dog (kinda similar to Garbelia's flag)
2 - I punched the younger brother of our current mayor in the face and I don't regret it
3 - I've never had any sort of soup in my entire life