Auckland's Climate Action Plan

PRIMATES: CHANGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS!

If you are struggling to answer the question 'I would use my car less if...' then what you need to do is look up into the sky and think about your life and your expectations.

Driving your non-electric or not hybrid car constantly is impacting on the planet, the world, the environment, and people. Its just a luxury, and one we can't collectively afford, anymore.

The fact is you would drive your car less if:

- you could possibly image letting go of the absolute unprecedented luxury it provides you in A to B travel; and/or

- you actually thought seriously about the impact you are having as a polluter, and/or

- you recognised the opportunity to be healthier, fitter, happier, and more relaxed through alternative modes travel.

If none of these things matter to you enough to change your driving habits, then we simply need to regulate and legislate to achieve the change required.  So while you could be actively adapting to the new world, you will instead be forced to change suddenly... :) So good luck. WE ARE COMING.

Commuting in a single occupant car is dumb on so many levels.

Most importantly this one: your car is an advanced technological break through that should be celebrated and cherished. Instead it is taken for granted. Almost all cars are designed to carry at least 4 people. 84% of the cars investigated in Sydney in January 2019 contained 1 person. Its wasteful and selfish.

If all cars commuting in cities carried their capacity (which is what we demand form public transport) that would be a meaningful change. 

What you do is this. Next Monday, find the place where your commute fisrt hits a traffic delay. Probably at a give way somewhere near home. Look around. All the people you can see in cars live in your neighbourhood, and chances are a great deal of them are heading to a location with a 4 KM radius of where you are going.

See, its quite easy to find ride share friends. Just look.

There is no such thing as car dependence, especially in the city. It is the last place you can be car dependent because it has the best transport links. So that's an oxymoron.

Subvert the messaging that car dependence is a thing, and that its OK to be cool with cars and pollution.

This question makes it sound like we understand the hardship of people who don't care about the environment and the future of humanity. It makes it sound like thinking the future is important and a sustainable life system is important. 

I think what you mean is "HOW CAN WE MAKE PEOPLE WHO DON'T CARE ENOUGH ABOUT THE CLIMATE IMPACT THEY ARE HAVING EVERY TIME THEY DRIVE TO CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOUR, CARE ENOUGH TO CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOUR. 

They are not addicts, they do not for the most part have mental health problems. The are not dependent. They just haven't changed their behaviour, for personal reasons.

So how do we change behaviours. Well basically, social messaging is powerful (and no that is not code for social media [although I have recently there are people out there called 'influencers', but they don't have a cause so I don't understand]) and regulation also works. Both from from LEADERSHIP. It follows that the answer to this question put either way is LEADERSHIP> 

Finish this sentence: “I would use my car less if…”

I used it for commuting. If I used a car for commuting I would stop. (I did stop. In 2004. It's dumb, on so many levels.)

JUST CAUSE I GAVE A SHIT REALLY.

How we can overcome barriers related to active and public transport uptake?

Regulate cars out. SR1.5 says we need significant change. This is what change looks like.

We need to work on the profile of alternatives, actively. Safety, gear, bikes, scoots...

Understanding NEW TRANSPORT ERA RISKS.

How can we improve walking and cycling experiences around the city?

Less cars more water. More way-finding. More creative access ways. More celebration of doing the right thing. More businesses offering flexible options. More making cars bad and hard, and other things good and easy.

How we can reduce car dependence in the city?

There is no such thing as car dependence, especially in the city. It is the last place you can be car dependent because it has the best transport links. So that's an oxymoron.

Subvert the messaging that car dependence is a thing, and that its OK to be cool with cars and pollution.

This question makes it sound like we understand the hardship of people who don't care about the environment and the future of humanity. It makes it sound like thinking the future is important and a sustainable life system is important. 

I think what you mean is "HOW CAN WE MAKE PEOPLE WHO DON'T CARE ENOUGH ABOUT THE CLIMATE IMPACT THEY ARE HAVING EVERY TIME THEY DRIVE TO CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOUR, CARE ENOUGH TO CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOUR. 

They are not addicts, they do not for the most part have mental health problems. The are not dependent. They just haven't changed their behaviour, for personal reasons.

So how do we change behaviours. Well basically, social messaging is powerful (and no that is not code for social media [although I have recently there are people out there called 'influencers', but they don't have a cause so I don't understand]) and regulation also works. Both from from LEADERSHIP. It follows that the answer to this question put either way is LEADERSHIP> 

How can we increase equity of transport access?

By EXPLAINING EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN BY THIS, and placing policy and programme options in front fo elected leaders to consider.  

edited on 1st March 2019, 07:03 by Climate Primate
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