One opportunity to prevent environmental damage that has so far been widely overlooked is the opportunity to take actions that would simply eliminate the need for people to commute. As far as commuting goes, all efforts so far have been focused on accommodating it and reducing its impact, not on curbing it. Some say that commuting is not really preventable, but I would argue that this is exactly the sort of attitude that needs to change for people to really help the environment – and our communities.
There has been much talk lately about introducing tolls on
- Tolls will help bring in much needed money to be invested in the GTA’s public transit.
- Tolls will take some people off the roads by making it more expensive to make non-essential trips.
- Tolls will encourage people to take public transit instead of driving, which will in turn help ease gridlock and protect the environment.
The problem with all these arguments is that they simply don’t apply in today’s
On May 27, 2008, CIBC released a report analyzing the impact that increasing oil prices will have on Canadian’s lives. The report comes to some interesting conclusions.
One of the conclusions is that higher oil prices will eventually reverse globalization, resulting in price increases for lower-value items across the board. At some point, transporting low-value items from
With environmental concerns growing, calls for consumers to buy local have been getting louder lately. Environmentalists and business groups alike have been calling for people to choose local goods over imports, and replace exotic vacation destinations with local ones. (Oddly enough, I have yet to hear a call for employers to recruit local job applicants who would not have to commute long distances to get to work – but this is a separate topic.)
When Fairy Lake Jobs – the first Vicinity Jobs Network search engine – was launched in 2006, its objective was to not only get people thinking about the damage inflicted by long distance commuting to our communities and the environment, but to also demonstrate that this damage can be prevented, and serve as an example of how this could be done. Fairy