Travel Limits

When my father immigrated to Canada he crossed the Atlantic on a ship, it took over a week to go from Italy to Canada. When my mother took me and my sisters on the same trip we traveled by plane from Rome to Montreal in less then 8 hours. Today, theoretically we can travel from any point on each to another in an hour using supersonic jets that take-off to the stratosphere and return to any point on the planet in less then an hour.

In Toronto the former village of Mimico is about 20 km from downtown. It was once a weekend get away. Now it is a suburb and a daily commuters tavel back and forth in less than half-an-hour. Everywhere we look we can see the affect of improved transportation. This is not just for commuter traffic but also vacation and our food.

A wonderful restaurant on Baldwin St. in downtown Toronto called Mata Hari serves Durian Ice Cream, it is made fresh every day from the Durian fruit from Singapore picked up from the food terminal each morning to be served every night.

Durian

Durian

Your grocery store has food that is delivered by truck, plane and trains. We depend a lot on mass transport.

Consider the consequences as we converge on the rising CO2 emissions and the decreased supply of crude oil. If we stop travelling by cars and using planes and trucks to move food around we can reduce emissions. What if we don’t have that choice?

Higher and higher gas prices are inevitable as supply drops. Eventually, travel by gas propelled engines in cars and planes will have a higher and higher cost, a luxury for the ultra rich. The rest of us will be reduced to walking or alternative forms like wind or animal powered transportation.

The impact will be significant, rather than an eight hour flight to Europe we may welll need to plan a week by ocean liner.

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