Make it harder to drive
Currently there is no reason or incentive for people to opt to cycle, walk or take the bus over driving (other than those who are climate conscious individuals).
We have a car obsession in Jersey. People are busy and therefore use cars for short trips because it is easier than walking or cycling. I understand some individuals (specifically those older) may need to use a car to get around. However, unless there is a motivation for people to change their ways, people will not do so.
People need to think about the planet every time they get into their car and think "is this journey necessary? Could I go via other means?"
In many cities in Europe, car parking costs are extortionately high. This puts people off driving, they are forced to take public transport to save money. In Luxembourg as an example, all public transport is free.
We either need to incentivise green behaviour or punish non-green behaviour. Without it we will not see any change.
Why the contribution is important
Because we will not see any mass change in behaviour until people are forced to change their ways. Currently either people are not thinking about this enough or are taking the easy option.
by High5 on February 16, 2021 at 01:44PM