Early this morning World Streets welcomed our 3000th registered reader. After almost to the day four years of faithful service to the cause of sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives, since the beginning of the year we have started to receive a substantial increase in these contacts. For example, even as I write this note, the number is up to 2015 (which you can confirm for yourself in the top right column). We feel proud and hope that you as one of our readers feel proud too. After all , the only reason we are here is to learn from each other and do what we can to make our cities and our planet fairer and better places for all, today and tomorrow.
Nothing is more attractive to me than a muddled discussion awaiting its first theory.
– E. O. Wilson, Biophilia, Harvard University Press, 1984
And if ever there were a “muddled discussion” in the domain of public policy, just about everything we have heard and seen over the last decades under the heading of “sustainable development” and “sustainable transportation” has to be placed firmly in this category. Hopes, rhetoric and promises have run higher than high, while concrete achievements and realities have been tragically few and far between. We are grievously losing the war of sustainability on just about every front you can imagine. Something has to be very wrong, something fundamental, something structural and something which apparently is not getting the attention it requires.