07 March 2009

I won't be buying a car motherfucker

From an email today...

"Or you could always buy a car and get a license :-)"

My response:

I won't be buying a car motherfucker. And nor will I be getting a license just so I can get to Freo on a fucking Sunday night for a half-hour set.

Comrade, there are some things we choose not to do out of principle.

I don't drive a car like I don't use needles, or kick dogs, or fuck children...

Car use is arguably the biggest problem we face as a species. Driving a car is the most polluting act any average person can commit.

Whilst cars can be seen as a useful mobility and convenience, the consequences of car-use contribute to a gargantuan waste of non-renewable fuels, causing unnecessary air pollution, noise pollution, urban sprawl, urban decay etc etc etc...

Cars - their roads, freeways, carparks, driveways (plus the necessary corporate infrastructure to produce and maintain a car) cover massive areas of ecosystems. Its amazing when you look at maps which show this effect. Roads etc cover a huge percentage of city areas.

Our addiction to cars make cities completely dysfunctional - our urban centres are useless degraded places - choked with traffic and the resultant "road rage"! I'm amazed at the most passive people who display such vitriolic anger to others when they're behind a wheel.

And dude, consider the negative effects on wildlife habitat. New roads through sensitive ecosystems force the loss of threatened species. Road construction also messes with water tables, increases surface runoff - fucking with natural waterways.

Think also of the huge amount of resources needed for building the roads themselves - from mining of gravel in sensitive ecological areas to the use of bitumen etc...

Fuck cars. Ban the cunts, I say!

al

1 comment:

insurgelicious said...

Hear hear! I completely agree with you Al.. I have only ever owned one car, back in 1999/2000, but haven't bought one since for all the reasons you mentioned..

I wrote about this on my blog not so long ago as well: http://fugitivedesire.blogspot.com/2009/01/car-ownership-is-disastrous-political.html

Peace, Marco