THE NEW NORMAL CAN BE SO AMAZINGLY BETTER
just some ideas in no particular order.
PEOPLE MOVING OUT OF CITIES
get help with no or low carbon footprint living.
consultant database of our fellow learned citizens who volunteer to help make this possible.
RETAIL CLOSING DOWN
replace stripmalls, stores with green spaces that also grow food
UPCYCLING clothing take off
ALL NEW PATHS AND ROADS of ground plastic beads (like rubber) to use it all up so no more flows into recycling
OVER-TOURISM is deadly
small picturesque villages flooded with tourists.
ban cruise ships parking in harbour - how did we ever think this was acceptable? someone profits everyone else loses - good example of WIN:LOSE decision
ROAD HIERARCHY: Pedestrians, bicycles, transit. CARS ARE THE GUESTS.
BAN CARS ON SUNDAYS: Bogotá, Colombia did it and people love it.
surcharges for inner city driving
CONNECTING people from diverse cultures into weekly discussions, book clubs, etc. keep this healing in the air - create a global unity website. I'd join as many as I could. Well - after writing this - we now have SOLIDARITY SATURDAYS 4pm est on ZOOM so please feel very welcome to join us.
NOISE POLLUTION CREATES STRESS:
mow lawns only between 9-10am
invent quiet AC units so neighbourhoods don't sound like airplane hangars
ban loud mufflers, they scare people
promote: kids playing basketball late at night, happy people, happy dogs
FIREWORKS: use drone fireworks if we have to at all, no noise, no pollution.
KEEP SKIES DARK SANCTUARIES: Shine lights down not up.
PUTTING WEALTH TO WORK
• pay fines for those that are in jail because they couldn't pay them. (as an aside, then they can vote, too)
• pay for genetic lineage testing for african-americans since that was lost in the slave exporting
• pay for prison phone calls - can be up to $25/15minutes - for those who can't stay in touch with their families