Magazine article New Internationalist

Embracing the Go-Slow

Magazine article New Internationalist

Embracing the Go-Slow

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Travelling at 300 kilometres an hour never feels quite right. We aren't on an aeroplane, of course. If climate change is a war against the poor, then every plane is just another weapon and we have avoided getting on one for over a decade. No, we are on the Eurostar train again. It has been more than a year since we found the land in France, and we seem to be burning too much carbon travelling back and forth from England. It is not just the carbon that is a problem, it is the speed. The great philosopher of conviviality, Ivan Ilich, suggested that anything that moves ' faster than 15 kilometres per hour would work against commonality and destroy local bonds, cultures and economies in favour of centralization, cities and capital. A radical proposal perhaps, but slowing down is one of the hardest things to do in a society addicted to speed. It is actually one of the reasons why we are leaving London. …

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