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Denny
Denny

It’s just symbolic but likely just the beginning of a larger, direct action movement that will be increasingly confrontational as conditions worsen. Emergency will become desperation. Climate Rebels Are “Disarming” Europe’s SUVs – Mother Jones

JMaxB
JMaxB

@Denny Maybe SUV's have a different status in Europe? In the US they're very conventional, common, middle-class vehicles. That might be good or bad, but "disarming" them certainly wouldn't be seen as Sticking it to the Man.

joelhamill
joelhamill

@JMaxB @Denny I think the SUV in America is just the current iteration of the station wagon. More cargo space than a sedan.

Ddanielson
Ddanielson

@joelhamill @JMaxB @Denny I’m sure the point is to highlight that most people have more vehicle than they need, and that the bigger the rig the less safe are pedestrians (and small car owners). We can’t sustain this lifestyle, nor can we replace all cars and SUVs with electric vehicles. It would require too much lithium and too much electricity. Rubber tires still create havoc in woodlands and wetlands. It’s a small and debatable tactic to get attention, but society - worldwide - has to change and learn to live with less. The very fact these SUVs are commonplace is kind of the point.

Denny
Denny

@Pilchuck @joelhamill @JMaxB Thanks @Pilchuck, this is exactly the point I wanted to make. Perfect.

pimoore
pimoore

@Pilchuck @joelhamill @jmaxb @denny 💯 this in every way. This “age of excess” is destroying us.

KyleEssary
KyleEssary

@Pilchuck Thank you. I think we could grow a lot by valuing more what is local. How can I enjoy the foods available at the store at the intersection? How can I enjoy riding my bike at my local park instead of driving it across town to that other park? Does my child truly profit from her traveling football league or would she find as much joy in our community league? Could I serve and grow as effectively in the local, small church as the big megachurch across town? There are plenty of simple ways to replace travel with local.

rcrackley
rcrackley

@KyleEssary I like that, but there has to be change in the communities to make them more hospitable to methods of transportation other than the car.

KyleEssary
KyleEssary

@frostedechoes Absolutely. We need individual, community, and government solutions.

rcrackley
rcrackley

@KyleEssary Amen to that.

josephaleo
josephaleo

@Denny I expect we’ll see more of this. Bruce Sterling and Chuck Palahniuk are some writers who explored the possibility of eco-terrorists or people who just wanted to strike back at those who caused the degradation of their climate and environment. Their fiction, grim as it is, is more enjoyable than reality.

rishabh
rishabh

@Pilchuck Yep. We can all live with less but better. 🌎

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odd
odd

@Pilchuck Rail-based transport, hydrogen ferries and feeder electric/hydrogen buses along with light transport as in manual and electric bikes seem to me to be the only way with current technology. I mean I’d love to have a big SUV for comfort and security, but not if it harms others now or in the future, (which it will). For the time being I mostly use my legs.

SgtApple
SgtApple

@KyleEssary This can only work in certain places. For example, most towns and places in Texas are very spread out. Making a car a need not a want. Where in place like Chicago and New York the car goes back to a want and not a need.