Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We're losing our Garden

Reaction to the IPCC report is strong.

IPCC is the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. the world's best science is telling us that we need to ACT NOW. To limit our Earth's temperature rise to two Centigrade degrees, we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to 40-70 percent of what they were in 2010. We as a planet need to shift gears. Our current ways of doing things are not sustainable. Do we really want to mess us Garden Earth?

Defossilization is now a new word, pronounced with many different accents, in the world vocabulary of environmental discourse. It means that we need to reduce the burning of fossil fuels to do so many things -- heat our buildings, move around, generate electricity, etc. It's just making it too hot in the Garden. We need to act.

While that threatens those making money in the oil, car and coal industries, it opens great opportunities for others to create new wealth in the transition to sustainable energy. "It's eminently affordable," declared 350.org to those who abhor next taxes to raise trillions of dollars for new infrastructure. Given the IPCC-documented costs that Climate Change is already bringing, defossilization is a compelling investment.

In cities and towns of the New Economy walking, biking and public transit are to be encouraged. Happily, solar powered ATN is a potent addition to the mix, reinforcing existing rail and spreading a fine mesh of service access to most districts and neighborhoods. What will the stations look like? What do they mean for architects, designers and planners? How will community life change?

TOOL UP: Urban and airport progressives will gather in Stockholm this coming September 3-5 to assess the options and take sustainable transportation to the next level at the 8th Podcar City conference. For more info or to reserve a place for your corporate or professional name in the PCC8 Booklet, email lfabian21@gmail.com.

Previous Podcar News

4/6/2014

Post-Car Urbanism:  Implications for Town & Airport District Planning The 8th annual Podcar City conference will advance the vision of sustainable urban transportation that reduces our auto-addiction and its high costs. Most modern countries are auto-addicted. Recent converts are i... more
3/4/2014

PODCAR CITIES TURN TO THE AIRFRONT The 8th Podcar City conference will be September 3-5 where breakthroughs in airport district planning are being made around Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport and adjacent suburbs: Sigtuna and Upplands Vasby. Private developers and municipal officials ... more
1/25/2014 APTA claims to speak for US transit. Strangely, it has little to say about full automation, and more specifically about driverless metros. Can we expect better from the USDOT or Congress? Brussels-based UITP makes clear statements about the safety and capacity-enhancing benefits of full automation.... more
1/25/2014
ATN concept such as this one for Montgomery County MD are popping up all over! -courtesy of Bob Johnson 2014 starts with an upsurge if active demands for modern mobility options, with much focused on the maturing forms of ATN now available or judged within technological reac... more