The campaign for a moratorium began not with a conviction that banning new drive-thrus would make a gigantic difference in the grand scheme of the social, economic, political, and ecological mess we are in.
But it did seem to be a valuable opening to initiate dialogue and raise consciousness on a range of important and interwoven issues, such as our society’s:
inordinate greenhouse gas emissions;
- unconscious sense of entitlement to wasteful consumption patterns;
- air quality problems and associated respiratory ailments;
- illogical and destructive devotion to more sprawl and congestion, especially in the age of peak oil,
- etc., etc.
And, of course, there was also the hope that a moratorium could even represent a first – and admittedly modest and partially symbolic – step towards both conceiving and building a newer, healthier, more sustainable city that is less devoted to oil and the automobile.
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