So the way we do things needs to change......
Work needs to be done
MONEY, BANKS DEBT AND CUTS.
Car Free Cycle Routes.
This idea is very seductive. Used well it can mean that the constant presure to work. This is good!
We do far to much work,its true. One only has tot look at the results which are destroying the very planet we live on.
With mass production so much of our work is unnessasery, We do it to keep the money-go-round, going round. (so that they can pay the rent and feed their kids)
Universal benefit will remove the need to force people into working.
We dont need to be making disposable rubbish which is wasting so much of our collective wealth. It is literaly throwing wealth away.
So how about some basic suggestions.
1. Every product made should last 400 years.
2. Every product should be completely recyclable.
3. Every manufacturer should prove they have paid their eco debt for everything they make.
This idea means that (In my recent personal experience) instead of buying a crappy tin opener every a year, you buy one that lasts 400 years. After a while there will be enough good tin openers to go around that we wont need to keep making more. This becomes is investment in our society, A bit of work we don't have to do again. And thus we all benefit.
"Work needs to be done"
I have a friend who keeps saying "Work needs to be done" to which I reply Hmm , some.
True some work is nessecery; Health, food, clothes, water, shelter, security and possibly entertainment. We could do those thing between us and not be forced into making things that destroy our world.
If we collectivly did 2 days work a week given free to our society. With NO CASH paid and none offered, just work given freely.
One of our big fears is that we wont have our nice consumer toys. Well they have a point. Because those things are so corrosive to a healthy environment that we need to have less of them anyway. I know it feel like having our rattle taken away but we are supposed to grown-ups now.
THE TRUTH IS WE HAVE BUY-OCRACY. WHEREIN WHAT YOU BUY DIRECTS THE WORLDS DIRECTION.
Apart from it being startalingly un- democratic, this has very obvious problems that all corporations and polititions gloss over;
You then need to have:
1. Very knowlagble public
2. Highly motivated buying public.
3. This highly educated and motivated public has to be making educated decisions (covering agriculture, chemistry, genetics, packaging, CO2 production, air miles, carbon foot prints, child workers, water supplies, local politics etc etc etc, and corruption across the world,) for every single item we buy!!!
4. For any of this to work the information has to be redilly available, which it is not.
Think about it from the average mums point of view, 2 kids in tow and all those decisions on each product? Its just not going to happen is it.
So clearly this is a bad way to do things. It has disempowered people, made them into consumers, and given vast power to people who's best interests are not our own.
Now they are in competition with each other and squeezing people into becoming nothing more that, consumers, commited by mortgages etc to work for the rest of their lives. Dont forget we sell our lives to get this stuff.
MONEY, BANKS DEBT AND CUTS.
I believe in Utopia
We do actually live in Eden, food does grow on trees.
To get there we have to get rid of all forms of slavery.
The debts are enforcing a kind of slavery and causing us to make cuts to pay the Banks debts.
The money given by the banks is backed by nothing, just trust, the money was never there.
So if its trust why cant we trust someone else, why not trust ourselves? (its just promissory notes).
We can do what the banks do. Banks do not have a monopoly on trust.
So we can have our own "money"
The cut are caused by the banking system going bankrupt; In their own eyes and by there own standards, they failed. It is a failure of a private industry product, Society did not go bankrupt, a private industry did.
Everything else is still here just look around.
The "debt " is not real its just mark on a piece of paper or binary digits in a computer.
Car Free Cycle Routes. Or Green Cycle Routes. My idea is to create a network of car free roads right around London (& and the whole country). If cycling is to grow significantly and become the main preferred method of getting from A to B, then it needs to be invested in hugely. There are many suggestions about what needs doing but most are tweeking when what we really need is a complete re-evaluation of who gets to use the roads, we need to question the primacy of the car on our roads and maybe slaughter some sacred cows. Somehow the car has squeezed itself on every nook and cranny and having insinuated itself onto every road in existence is now squeezing other road users out, making it less and less possible to use roads. Cars are either screaming by at lethal speeds or are left cluttering every road and many pavements. They are alternately dangerous or in the way.
The Basic Argument. But cycling has so many benefits. It could be characterised as a positive elixir, a simple solution to so many problems. Imagine, we need to get to mums, 5 miles away. Our group includes your 85 year old grand parents and my 5 year old children. Normally they all go in cars, gramps doesn't like the bus, walking is too far and cycling on those busy roads is simply madness but in this story they all get on bicycles and cycle the whole way along quiet, car free, leafy Avenues only stopping at junctions only to let the cross traffic pass. We arrive calmly, relaxed, healthy, fitter and unharmed. "Ok nice story but that won't happen", I hear you say. Well let's not write it of quite so quickly. There are many advantages to car free roads, many are very seductive and there are a lot of road use who presently can't use the roads because cars are dangerous including Equestrians, walkers, stall holders, street foods sellers, dog carts, skate boarders, kids playing football. Roads are paid by all and must be usable by all.
Harm from cars. The harm that cars do is manifold and accepted as inevitable. The sheer clutter on every road, the uglification of our surroundings, a continuos stencil constant running through every scene bringing noise and danger at every turn, rising chronic asthma due to particulate pollution, and occasional sudden death (about 3000 deaths a year and uncountable amounts of minor accidents). Not to mention green house gasses, CO1, CO2, and climate change! The Tax angle. Drivers do not pay for the roads! So who pays for the roads? Road tax doesn't exist. It's car tax, a tax on cars and other vehicles, not a tax on roads or a fee to use them. . Motorists do not pay directly for the roads. Roads are paid for via general and local taxation. In 1926, Winston Churchill started the process to abolish road tax. It was finally culled in 1937. A child buying a sweet somewhere among the line, is paying for the roads. And yet it is car drivers that hog all roads. Sacred Cows. The motor industry is the worlds biggest industry. If you look at the whole process starting at mining for ores and oil, processing and refining, the manufacturing, rubbers and plastics, the road building, and maintenance right through to the crushing of cars and landfill or recycling. All of this has to be done by us in a process commonly known as work, often referred to as slavery because so much of it is kept going back for more as the cars posses built in obsolescence. This obsolescence helps keek the wealth going around and keeps us all working so that we can keep on making more planet killing cars that break down and have to be replaced so that we can buy more cars,, etc. business and politicians would have you know that this is necessary for our well being. Well if we want to stop the world becoming a terrible place to try and live in we are going to have to kill this sacred cow. we must find a different way to do things. Desirable living spaces. People would like to live on these new cycle routes, indeed it could actually make the houses on those roads worth a lot more than the infernal combustion routes. The quieter, greener roads would be lovely places to live and work as well as places to travel through. House prices. Most of us would opt for those homes in quieter streets instead of those on busy routes, in fact it would probably increase the value of those homes. CO2 emissions. Transport accounts for about 50% of the CO2 we can get control of in our city's. If we If we want to be safe in the future we can't use the oils we have now let alone that which fracking etc can provide. Oil fuelled vehicles must be used less. If the Government were really serious about reducing CO2 emissions it would make it safe for all cyclist to use the roads. Therefore the government must make it safe for my 80 year old mother and my 5 year old daughter to cycle. Otherwise my mum will continue to drive and I will be forced to drive my children because I don't want them endangered. Achieving this is actually quite easy but it's scary for government and councils because it's a big change in the accepted way of doing things. Health. It is obvious the we all value our health and that the NHS has to fork out billions to help us when we are sick but if we did have greener, car free, cycle network we would cycle more. Cycling more will keep us fitter and that means we won't have to visit our Dr quite so much. Wellbeing. Wellbeing study's carried out by the NHS have shown that living near green spaces has a definite, positive and measurable impact on our health. Green cycle networks would bring green space closer to all of us and we would all benefit from this. Parking. These Green Cycling Networks would not all be totally car free, after all we still need parking and GCNs can provide huge amounts of convenient parking for all. Access for cars. No one will be stopped from getting to their homes or stopped from parking outside their homes. The only thing that would change is that car could only enter and leave from one end of the road. This is all that is necessary for us all to have a far rosier future. More greenery. Having all these quiet roads would allow for a great deal more greenery, and flowers and fruit and many other things that are now impossible on our busy and overstretched. Would any one be forced to cycle? Certainly not. You can still drive your car from your house and park by your friends house just as before, it just that some roads would be for cyclists alone to travel through. Quality of life. This scheme would bring calm and joy and safety to so many people that that alone should be enough on its own. But the real pay back will be in many years time. Who pays for the roads? Firstly, “road tax” does not exist, and has not existed since the 1930s. What drivers do pay, however, is Vehicle Excise duty. What you pay for your car’s tax disc - is based on your vehicle’s emissions. Since a bike creates no emissions, it is not liable for Vehicle Excise Duty. So if we cycled Instead of drove we could all save a bit of cash. So who is with me on the these Green Cycle Routes?