Just in case things can sometimes seem too bleak, it helps to remind ourselves that incremental change makes a difference. Here are some slides I saw the other day from a presentation that captures what the City of Vancouver has achieved in the last twenty years or so.
As the phrase goes: we overestimate what can be done in a year, and underestimate what can happen in a decade:
I had never seen the reduction in gasoline sales noted before. The transit increase of 50 percent is even more extraordinary than the increase in cycling, given that transit started from a high base to begin with, compared to most North American cities.
The results are also reflected in our ghg emissions:
No doubt quibbles and qualifications abound, but nonetheless, the lines are going in the right direction.