Breaking up with our 20th Century addiction in order to reclaim our cities

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Breaking up with our 20th Century addiction in order to reclaim our cities

28/03/2017
Barcelona
El País - Planeta Futuro

Let's be honest with ourselves. We are addicted to our cars. Nearly a century of seductive marketing, convenience and speed, has made it so driving is an essential part of our lives. Cars are sold like symbols of liberty, power and success. In theory, they make our lives better, happier and more adventurous. We have come to see them not only a mere mode of transportation, but also a fundamental right. But, at what cost?

 

The emergence and widespread increase of motorized individual transportation has drastically altered the way in which we plan and live within our cities, And there is growin evidence that the results of this are not all beneficial, neither individually nor collectivelly. However, precisely because we were hooked to our cars and to the ideas that they represented, we have taken too long to admit our addiction. To remain behind the wheel, hours and hours spent at traffic jams, in addition to the atmospheric pollution, noise or accidents, are just some of the irrefutable products of this reality. And in return we have reduced our physical activity and increased obesity rates, cardiovascular deseases, the causes of asthma, strees and issues with cognitive function, just to mention a few.

 

More information (in Spanish): El País - Planeta Futuro