We know polluting cars are killing us. So why do we put up with it? | Abi Wilkinson

We know polluting cars are killing us. So why do we put up with it? | Abi Wilkinson
The evidence of the damage air pollution does is undisputed. We should come to see car journeys as a last resort

If petrol and diesel vehicles were invented today, what possible justification would there be for allowing unchecked ownership? Knowing all we do about the damage wrought by burning fossil fuels – both to our immediate health and to the longterm viability of our habitat – it would seem an act of obscene, destructive decadence. The idea of driving a monstrous, tank-like 4×4 a distance you could easily walk or cycle, and then sitting outside a school (a school!) with the engine still running, guzzling petrol and burping out poison into the surrounding air, would be seen as actively malevolent.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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