Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Taxis for singles - makes you great and green (like the Hulk!)

I love this idea! Tiny cars, suitable for one person plus luggage, are carrying travellers from Stansted Airport, north of London. Instead of having massive taxis with one guy in a suit in each of them, you get a greener, earth healthier option. The cars combine low fuel consumption with reduced carbon dioxide output (2.6 kg less on a 30 km trip).

Some people say it doesn´t matter. Switch the electricity off at night or not, separate glass from rubbish or not, using aircon or not - I´m just a little Me you might say, what difference can I make? But sometimes difference is not made in physical steps but in mental. When you choose the tiny car and turn the light off for an hour a year (great opportunity to play with sparkles!!!) you make a decision that can enlighten a world. Your energy shifts, you feel better about yourself, you become more aware of things. And those tiny changes will be big changes eventually.

"The fluttering of a butterfly´s wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet" Paul Erlich, The Chaos Theory

From Wikipedia:
The butterfly effect is a metaphor that encapsulates the concept of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory; namely, a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. Although this may appear to be an esoteric and unusual behavior, it is exhibited by very simple systems: for example, a ball placed at the crest of a hill might roll into any of several valleys depending on slight differences in initial position. The butterfly effect is a common trope in fiction when presenting scenarios involving time travel and with "what if" cases where one storyline diverges at the moment of a seemingly minor event resulting in two significantly different outcomes.

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