WORTHY MOUSE FAMILY TRAGICALLY LOSES HOME: SLEEPS IN CAR

Famiy Mouse cover page car and family

– – – – – – – – > by Eric the Crow, Reportng for World Streets, from Reykjavik Iceland

eric crow stop the road 2019Someone a lot wiser than me, once told me many years ago: when you are facing a really difficult problem, why don’t you see if you can step back a few paces and put it in a form that you can discuss with children and hear what they may have to say.
I recalled this in the early nineties when in the face of the many mind-bending complications of sustainability and mobility — such as we are facing here today — I decided to write a Haiku which gradually expanded from seventeen syllabes into a wandering draft scenario for a children’s story on the topic, which eventually became, with the great shaping inputs of two of my friends (Wolfgang Zuckermann for the words, and Roget Tweet for the music (artwork) ).  After much thrashing around we decided to call it  Family Mouse behind the Wheel (Wolfgang’s candidate).

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To read this tragedi-environmental tale with backstrory all you have to do is click here – – > https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/family-mouse-behind-the-wheel/

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The World Climate Emergency . . . and the Legend of the Hummingbird

wORLD sTREETS - TOP - PEOPLE RUNNING ETC ITALY

The bedtime story I tell to my grandchildren:

One day, a very long time ago and in a faraway place, or so the legend goes, there was a huge forest fire that was raging the entire countryside. All the animals in the forest were terrified, running around in circles, screaming, crying, arguing, and helplessly watching and waiting for the impending disaster.

But there suddenly, in the middle of the flames, and above the mass of cowering animals, was a tiny hummingbird, busy flying from a small pond quite far away from the actual  fire, each time fetching a few drops with its beak to throw on the flames. And then again/ And then again. And yet again.

After a while, a grouchy old  armadillo, annoyed by this ridiculous useless agitation on the part of the hummingbird, cried out: “Tiny bird! Don’t be a fool. It is not with those minuscule drops of water one after the other that you are going to put out the fire and save us all! ”

To which the hummingbird replied, “Could be, but I’m doing my bit”.

Forest fire bird branch

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Action Agenda on Safe Walking for Africa’s Children

The trip to school

The trip to school. One more  morning trip on the roads of Africa

Dear Eric,

We are proud to announce the release of a new report, Step Change: An Action Agenda on Safe Walking for Africa’s Children, that Amend has produced in collaboration with the FIA Foundation and the Global Initiative for Child Health and Mobility.

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Family Mouse Behind the Wheel

Of Mice, of Men and . . . of Penang

erc the crow with sign seatedWhen I first visited Penang back in late summer 2013 in response to an invitation by Think City, I had several weeks to profit from a steady diet of site visits, lectures, master classes and intense skull sessions with ten different key groups (including media, local government, transport operators, auto industry and lobby, regulators and police, gender balance, cycling and pedestrian groups, civil society, the universities, and finally “hacking sustainable mobility”). All of which, as I travelled around both the island and mainland, gave me an excellent occasion to start to get a feel for both “halves” of Penang.  Not a city, not a state, but in fact an in many ways typical and varied metropolitan area.

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PENANG AND THE FAMILY MOUSE (7)

It’s getting late in Penang so we cannot read the whole story to you tonight.  So we have to stop here when the well-connected Beaver Construction company showed up, without any prior public notice, to start the work on the road.  And the first victims were, of course, the trees.

Fam Mouse - page 6

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PENANG AND THE FAMILY MOUSE (1)

Someone a lot wiser than me, once told me many years ago: when you are facing a really different problem, why don’t you see if you can step back a few paces and put it in a form that you can discuss with children and hear what they may have to say.

I recalled this in the early nineties when in the face of the many mind-bending complications of sustainability and mobility — such as we are facing here today — I decided to write a little scenario for a children’s story on the topic, which eventually became, with the great shaping inputs of two of my friends (Wolfgang Zuckermann for the words, and Roget Tweet for the music), Family Mouse behind the Wheel. Want to have a look?

Fam Mouse - cover

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