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David Suzuki: Our Obsession With Private Automobiles is Unsustainable

03/09/2010

Quote of the Day from David Suzuki in the Georgia Strait:

Technological developments [such as electric cars etc.] are welcome, but maybe it’s time we started rethinking our car culture as whole. The average car in North America carries 1.5 people, which means that most cars on the road only have a driver in them. Is it really efficient to use more than 1,000 kilograms of metal to transport 100 kilograms of human?

David Suzuki at West coast Green

And, as an article on The Mark News argues: “Requiring about 90 square metres for home storage, 90 square metres for storage at destination, 180 square metres while traveling and another 60 square metres for repairs, servicing, or sale, an automobile occupies more than 400 square metres altogether – more space than most apartments.”

Suzuki concludes:

We take our cars for granted, but really, they haven’t been a part of our human culture for that long, and they needn’t be an essential part forever.

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