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The planet Earth will always be under threat until all –

or at least the majority – of human beings experience an empathic sense of respect

towards nature and other species, a sense of the aliveness and sacredness of nature,

and a sense of responsibility to the world as a whole. Averting this catastrophe will

involve other trans-Fall characteristics too – a political shift to a less domineering

and materialistic attitude, as governments realise that economic power or military

domination and ever-increasing economic growth have to take second place (and

might even have to be sacrificed) to environmental concerns; increased

cooperation between nations and an end to international hostilities and

oppression as we realise that this is the a crisis which can only be transcended by

collective decisions and actions; and, on an individual level, a less selfish outlook

which will make us willing to put up with a little inconvenience (such as more

expensive cars and less air travel, compulsory recycling or having to use nondisposable

nappies) for the collective well-being of our species.

--- Is the author saying that we should start buying more expensive cars?
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NewguestIs the author saying that we should start buying more expensive cars?
No. He is saying that car manufacturers should raise their prices.

The theory is that this inconvenience makes people buy fewer cars, and the fewer cars there are on the roads, the less the pollution. (As an aside, let me add that the author does account for the fact that a more likely result of this practice is that there will be more old cars on the roads, as people will postpone buying new cars, and older cars are more polluting than new ones.)

CJ
I understand. Thanks CJ.
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By the way: "less air travel" says that we shouldn't travel by plane so often?
NewguestBy the way: "less air travel" says that we shouldn't travel by plane so often?

Exactly.

CJ
Thank you.
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Hi,

Yes. 'Green' cars require more expensive technology, at least at present.

He doesn't seem to suggest that we should just not buy cars at all.

Clive
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CliveHi,

Yes. 'Green' cars require more expensive technology, at least at present.

Clive

What do you mean by this?

So is he saying that we should't buy modern cars because the technology used to make them is more expensive or that the manufacturers should raise the prices of new cars, so that people would buy fewer of them?

Hi,

. . . this is the a crisis which can only be transcended by

collective decisions and actions; and, on an individual level, a less selfish outlook

which will make us willing to put up with a little inconvenience (such as more

expensive cars and less air travel, compulsory recycling or having to use nondisposable

nappies) for the collective well-being of our species.

Yes. 'Green' cars require more expensive technology, at least at present.

Clive



What do you mean by this?

So is he saying that we should't buy modern cars because the technology used to make them is more expensive or that the manufacturers should raise the prices of new cars, so that people would buy fewer of them?

The writer tells us that we need to put up with (ie accept) some inconveniences. He says that one of these inconveniences is that cars will be more expensive. He does not tell us why they will be more expensive, so we are left to try to figure that out for ourselves.

My interpretation is that the writer thinks we should be driving 'green' cars, ie cars that are more environmentally friendly. At the moment, the technology for such cars makes them expensive.

CJ has a different interpretation, that car prices should be raised in some way to discourage people from buying cars.



Best wishes, Clive
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