Extinction Rebellion got into the news over the last week for showing active resistance against pollution and while not totally in agreement, you have to admire the fact that they made a stance and drew attention to climate change.
At the more passive end, we have other groups who suggest growing more vegetation to mitigate the pollution from cars and ask people nicely to stop leaving their cars idling and driving to school/leisure centres.
Is there a need for a middle ground that suggests more difficult medicine?
Rather than just asking people to grow more hedges - ban paving over gardens to create driveways. Paving radiates heat and increases local temperatures and removes all the vegetation which makes our roads look ugly. Should we have demonstrations outside the next garden that is threatened by extinction?
Should we remove parking for able bodied people from beside schools and leisure centres to stop people driving to them? The asking people nicely hasn’t worked. It would be difficult to achieve but some sort of controls on parking whether free or by timed restrictions might help.
I am not totally anti-car just feel that there are times when we should actively discourage it and driving to school or to exercise go totally against reducing pollution and improving our health.