Should We Give Up Our Cars And
Start Walking Again?
It is clear that the planet Earth and the
automobile cannot coexist for too much longer. While it would
represent a huge sacrifice in convenience, automobiles should
ideally be phased out of use over time, as a means of preserving the
lifespan of the planet for as long as possible. Walking to the
places you need to go, much like humans and similar species have
done for millions of years, seems to be the most healthy and
environmentally conscious way to get from point A to point B. Even
so, walking is not a very popular means of transportation in the
A little over one hundred years ago, temporary car insurance didnít
exist (you can go here for a
Bicycles were on the cutting edge of human engineering, carving
their way through cities at four or five times the pace of a human
on foot. In the early 20th century automobiles were invented,
forever revolutionizing the way humans travel. Indeed, the drive of
mankind is a powerful and unmerciful force. Unfortunately, the many
benefits of cars come at a high price, primarily the incredibly
negative effect that the burning of gasoline has on the environment.
Given these obvious and tangible negative impacts on our planet, is
it time that humans got rid of cars and got back to walking?
While the obvious answer to the aforementioned question seems to be
yes, things are never as simple as they appear. Automobiles are so
deeply engrained into modern culture, it is nearly impossible to
conceive of a world without them. Paved and raised roads criss-cross
every section of densely populated land all over the world. Peopleís
lives are constructed around the duties that their automobiles are
able to perform, such as taking them to a faraway workplace within
an hour that would take nearly 20 hours to reach on foot.
Unfortunately, companies are pouring billions of dollars into
selling automobiles to the American public, and almost nothing into
selling them walking shoes. Americans are able to get behind the
wheel of a car easily and quickly. Renting a car for a weekend and
purchasing temporary car insurance can all be done in a matter of
minutes. While it would be unfair to blame the player for simply
playing the game, it is obviously a sign that the general mentality
toward transportation has become very skewed.
Less driving and more walking needs to be promoted, and more
importantly, rewarded. By giving the typical American some type of
monetary kickback or substantial tax break for walking instead of
driving would be a huge step in the right direction. People can
often realize and understand that doing a certain thing would be
beneficial to the planet, but in order to get them to do it, certain
rewards have to be in place. In short, people should definitely give
up their cars and start walking again, but it will only be achieved
by making the transition highly beneficial to the average American.