2. PREVENTING ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS BY INTEGRATING LIVING AND WORKING
Our environmental problems are largely caused by the start of the odd urban development methods after the 2nd World War, which spaced living, working and relaxing so far from each other that people can no longer function without cars. For the smallest daily activity we need our car. Due to this post war urban development humanity is now burdened with an immense number of nearly unsolvable problems due to the ever increasing commuting traffic, like traffic jams, a looming shortage of energy and raw materials, climate change due to the CO2 emissions of the daily commuting traffic, large scale destruction of nature and agricultural land, the ecological imbalance which could lead to our extinction, the extinction of many animal and plant species, the rapidly increasing overpopulation due to the ecological footprint, the cluttering of the agricultural landscape, fatalities and injuries due to traffic accidents, traffic related stress, the smell of exhaust fumes, parking problems, traffic noise and air pollution. If poorer countries such as China, India and Brazil will walk the same path of “development” as these prosperous countries the suffering will be incalculable and our planet could very well end up inhospitable to humanity. Would we survive this as a species?