We already possess sufficient clean alternatives to take over from most fossil fuels. Only, the world’s economies are market driven. Clean technologies need to be competitively priced before mass adoption is possible. Some argue this will change as the true cost of fossil fuels becomes more evident. A new Lux Research report uses a more conservative approach, when it predicts alternate fuels will power of the 1/3 world’s vehicles by 2030.
There were few criticisms when Mayor Kevin Falconer announced that San Diego will spend $127.3 million to carry out the city’s Climate Action Plan during the fiscal year 2017. $32.7 million of this is for projects tackling the city’s emissions and another $94 million for items indirectly supporting the plan. The largest single item, $65.7 million, is for the city’s water recycling program which is to supply up to a third of the city’s need by 2035. Some wanted more detail, but there was mostly praise for San Diego’s forward thinking budget.
Tourism has long been one of British Columbia’s main industries, employing more than twice the number of people as the combined figures for the entire natural resources sector. 1 A news release from the Ministry of Tourism reported that close to 5 million tourists came to BC in 2015.
According to Statistics Canada, B.C.’s Forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas sectors employed 52,000 in January 2016. A provincial government news release states “Tourism supports approximately 19,200 businesses and 127,500 employees in British Columbia.” ↩
Clarence Eckerson Jr. of Streetfilms was on vacation. He just happened to step out on Market Street, with a camera, when a sea of bikes took over San Francisco. The city encourages this. They hope to see 20% of all commutes within the city make by bicycle by 2020. This is just one of San Francisco’s innovative Street Solutions.
Stockholm is a leader in the movement to create more liveable cities. There are more bicycles than cars in many parts of the city. The Medieval core has been given over to pedestrians and is virtually car-free. Instead of killing business, as many merchants feared, this has brought people to their doors. Streetfilms.org went exploring the walkable streets of Stockholm in the two videos below.