Sunday, December 4, 2011

From the 99% to the 1%: Osborne bails out the energy fat cats | Damian Carrington | Environment | guardian.co.uk

From the 99% to the 1%: Osborne bails out the energy fat cats | Damian Carrington | Environment | guardian.co.uk: "The chancellor is showering yet more taxpayers' money on energy-intensive mega-businesses, who create just 1% of GDP. Worse, those businesses already crippled and then profited from the very carbon taxes they attack"

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

The more we evaluate everything with money, the less we are worth

Not only have we already evaluated everything in nature with money, the entire planet, then the human, now we are also evaluating individual countries and even the time that we would need to solve all the problems that are linked to money.
We evaluate things that cannot be evaluated. It’s abnormal. It’s sick. We are sick, addicted to money; a drug that is running short. Where this is all going, we can see on TV day after day. And it’s going to get worse.
Governments will be declaring state of emergencies, dictatorships will again begin to rise. With the help of military and police, the empire of capital will take over the world. The 1% will rule while the 99% will work and kill each other. And all of this will happen sooner than the bill that nature has yet to issue. The bill that we won’t be able to pay with money because nature doesn’t know money. Nature will not bargain and debate — it will act.
That’s why I write about ecohumanism. So that our agony with money comes to an end. So that we could avoid violence and misery. So that we begin to work for ourselves and no longer for money. So that all of us would live in peace and prosperity.
That’s why need to demand a new social order, a new world. We need to build an ecohumanist world. We owe this to our children and grandchildren. It is on us to build a world of content people who respect themselves, others and nature.
Posted on | November 28, 2011 by Benjamin Dovecar

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Montenegro - Students demand free public transport

Students walked from the Podgorica University campus to parliament carrying slogans "I do not want to party, I want a job" and "Do not tell me to shut up".

They are demanding lower tuition fees, improved conditions in student dormitories, quality instruction as required by the Bologna Process, free public transportation, as well as more government efforts to boost employment after graduation.
http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2011/11/21/feature-03

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Unemployed could get free bus travel (From This is Hampshire)


Unemployed could get free bus travel (From This is Hampshire): "THE unemployed could be given free public transport tickets, in a drive towards greener travel.

As reported earlier this year, Southampton City Council has won a Government grant worth £3.9m to spend on encouraging more people to use sustainable transport."

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Finland's Kyllönen sees free public transport for children -HS

Finland's Kyllönen sees free public transport for children -HS: "Merja Kyllönen Lleft), Finland’s transport minister, was quoted as saying by national daily Helsingin Sanomat on Sunday that public transport should be free for children.

Kyllönen told the paper that the rapid rate of increase in motoring was a problem, especially in the capital region where the number of cars was set to grow by 40 per cent over the next decade if the current trend continued.

"Where would that number of cars fit in here?" Kyllönen was quoted as saying.

Kyllönen added she was particularly concerned by children learning by example, with their parents driving them everywhere."

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Glasgow Subway's Kids Go Free promotion a 'big success' - Rail News from rail.co

Glasgow Subway's Kids Go Free promotion a 'big success' - Rail News from rail.co: "Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s Kids Go Free summer Subway promotion has proved a big success with families and ticket sales are up by £68,000.

During the eight-week offer period, 25 June – 21 August, there were an additional 57,000 adult trips on the Subway compared to the same period last year, an increase of 6%.

SPT chair Jonathan Findlay said: “It is great to hear that the Subway’s Kids Go Free offer was used by so many families this summer."

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Monday, September 19, 2011

German party advocates free public transport - wins 9% share of vote

The German arm of Pirate Party wants legal reforms on file-sharing, data-protection and censorship. It also campaigns for free wireless internet and free public transport.


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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Should public transports be free? | Sustainability blog — blogs.sweden.se

Stockholm underground trains between Slussen and Gamla Stan. Photo: Jan E Svensson/KanalSL (CC: BY-NC)
Should public transports be free? | Sustainability blog — blogs.sweden.se: "The network Planka, propagating for free public transports, even argues that all those who make less then 40 000 kronor per month (about 4500 Euro) would benefit by letting a tax raise finance the public transportation entirely."

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Filmer och bilder från massiv plankning | Planka.nu

Filmer och bilder från massiv plankning | Planka.nu: "Fredagens massiva plankning – arrangerad av två privatpersoner – blev den största massplankningen i Stockholm hittills. Vi skulle gissa på att det var 600 personer som gemensamt plankade igenom de öppna spärrarna. Här har vi samlat lite filmer och bilder från tilldragelsen."

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Massiv plankning i protest mot SL:s höjda biljettpriser / Planka.nu

Massiv plankning i protest mot SL:s höjda biljettpriser / Planka.nu: "SL:s biljettpriser har höjts - men inte länge till!
Många medborgare i STHLM är upprörda över SL:s höjda priser, precis som vi!

Därför vill vi fylla Sergels torg till bredden för att tillsammans tåga in mot T-Centralen och göra en massiv gemensam ”plankning”. Vi vill göra ett påstående där vi visar att, du och jag, VI som bor i denna stad har tröttnat på tomma löften om förbättrad kollektivtrafik!

Ja - det kommer att bli vinter igen!
Nej - spärrvakter är inte alltid änglar.
Ja - du kommer att behöva vänta på nästa tåg i 40 minuter, i vinterkylan, på grund av snö.
Behöver jag berätta om den ekonomiska situationen för många studenter, pensionärer och många fler? 

"

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Enschede, Netherlands, over 69, ride free.

This special transport service is being introduced as a result of agreements between the Municipality of Enschede and the Dutch transportation operator Connexxion. The service allows residents aged 70 and older to use the city's bus system to visit friends and relatives, do errands and take advantage of community facilities by supplying each participant with a free bus pass.




Sunday, July 31, 2011

Russia may lose 30% of permafrost by 2050 - Yahoo!

Russia may lose 30% of permafrost by 2050 - Yahoo!: "Russia's vast permafrost areas may shrink by a third by the middle of the century due to global warming, endangering infrastructure in the Arctic zone, an emergencies ministry official said Friday.
'In the next 25 to 30 years, the area of permafrost in Russia may shrink by 10-18 percent,' the head of the ministry's disaster monitoring department Andrei Bolov told the RIA Novosti news agency."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

City offers lifetime tram passes in exchange for citizens’ cars | Springwise

City offers lifetime tram passes in exchange for citizens’ cars | Springwise: "There are many approaches cities can take to reduce the number of cars on their roads. We’ve seen numerous bike-sharing schemes, for example, as well as similar efforts to share electric cars, but until just recently we had never come across anything quite as dramatic as what Spain’s city of Murcia recently proposed. The government of Murcia has offered to give citizens lifetime passes to its brand-new tram system in exchange for turning over their cars."

Freiburg: The world's ecological model city - The Times of India

Freiburg: The world's ecological model city - The Times of India: "Since then Freiburg in southern Germany has become the world's ecological model city, which even provides free public transport tickets to all the tourists in the city to encourage them to use public transport."

Monday, June 27, 2011

U.S. Still going the wrong way fast

ZURICH — While American cities are synchronizing green lights to improve traffic flow and offering apps to help drivers find parking, many European cities are doing the opposite: creating environments openly hostile to cars. The methods vary, but the mission is clear — to make car use expensive and just plain miserable enough to tilt drivers toward more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

Warming oceans cause largest movement of marine species in two million years - Telegraph

Warming oceans cause largest movement of marine species in two million years - Telegraph: "Warming ocean waters are causing the largest movement of marine species seen on Earth in more than two million years, according to scientists."

Saturday, June 11, 2011

KurdishGlobe- Public transportation needed urgently

KurdishGlobe- Public transportation needed urgently: "Officials believe the main reason behind growth in the number of private cars on the roads is the lack of public transportation. 'Now, everyone has a car, but six years ago there were only 35,000 vehicles in Erbil city and now there are 400,000,' said Deputy Governor of Erbil Tahir Abdullah."

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Vienna Greens want free public transport for unemployed

Vienna public transport price reform ahead - Politics News - Austrian Independent Online News - English Newspaper: "Before the Greens agreed on a coalition cooperation with the Viennese Social Democrats after last year’s election, the left-wing party called for free public transport tickets for unemployed residents of the city.
...Häupl ruled out that the price for an annual public transport pass will be slashed to 100 Euros for everybody. The Greens – who are headed by Vice Mayor Maria Vassilakou – demanded such drastic price reductions "

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Le bus à Vitré, c'est gratuit


Vitré, sa démographie, ses commerces et ses chiffres clés: "Le bus à Vitré, c'est gratuit
Le réseau de transport urbain comporte six lignes qui traversent toutes le centre-ville (arrêts à la gare)."

Who else has it? click http://freepublictransports.com/Cities or http://fptsuccess.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Five percent fare cut to save 22 million car journeys

Railway Gazette: Train fares cut to save energy: "SPAIN: Under a national energy-saving plan approved by the cabinet last month, fares on RENFE suburban and medium-distance services are to be cut by 5% to encourage greater use of public transport.

The Ministry of Development expects this to result in 22 million fewer car journeys into major cities over four months."

Thursday, April 7, 2011

UK public transport asset stripped to make way for death, pollution, stress..... and the profit that comes from a fixed market. Tearing up the Tracks.


UK public transport asset stripped to make way for death, pollution, stress..... and the profit that comes from a fixed market. Tearing up the Tracks.: "My thesis is that it is no accident that cars have taken over from public transport on both sides of the Atlantic.  There are powerul interests that want to destroy essential shared resources and massively increase our consumption of, and reliance on, oil. The social, financial and environmental costs of public transport infrastructure are tiny if compared to the total costs of maintaining a massive car stock and road infrastructure. So why is the car so prevalent. Social Engineering in my view. Read on for the evidence."

Saturday, March 26, 2011

trasporto pubblico gratuito per i nuclei familiari che rinunciano al mezzo privato - Forum

trasporto pubblico gratuito per i nuclei familiari che rinunciano al mezzo privato - Forum: "Buonasera a tutti come da titolo perchè non dare la possibilità di viaggiare gratuitamente su tutto il territorio nazionale con autobus treni metropolitane e affini alle persone che rinunciano o hanno rinunciato ad avere un automobile? Sarebbe un buon incentivo ad abbandonare l'auto e se accompagnato da un efficace potenziamento della rete di trasporto pubblico a partire dal piccolo comune fino al grande tessuto urbano potrebbe portare benefici notevoli sia in termini economici per le famiglie sia per ridurre drasticamente il livello di inquinamento."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lanseringsfest Planka Oslo

22-Jan-2011. Denne lørdagen lanseres et nytt politisk prosjekt med brask og bram. I mangel av konkrete miljøtiltak her på hjemmebane, ønsker Planka Oslo å rette fokus mot kollektivtransportens fremtidsrettede potensiale. Men for å utnytte dette potensialet trengs strukturelle endringer. Planka Oslo er derfor etablert for å jobbe for en avgiftsfri, skattefinansiert kollektivtransport. Gjennom medlemskap i P-kassa slipper man alle fremtidige bekymringer for billettkontroller, samtidig som man viser sin motstand mot dagens manglende satsing på kollektivtransporten.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Economists are paid for what? - English pravda.ru

Economists are paid for what? - English pravda.ru: "Rising from the ashes, implementing systems where there used to be nothing, was the Socialist/Communist model which provided universal, excellent and free education, healthcare services, free dental treatment, free public transportation, free or heavily subsidised public utilities, free or subsidised leisure/cultural activities, guaranteed free housing for all, guaranteed a job in a society of zero unemployment, social mobility and security on the streets."

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Mass tree deaths prompt fears of Amazon 'climate tipping point' | Environment | The Guardian


Mass tree deaths prompt fears of Amazon 'climate tipping point' | Environment | The Guardian: "Billions of trees died in the record drought that struck the Amazon in 2010, raising fears that the vast forest is on the verge of a tipping point, where it will stop absorbing greenhouse gas emissions and instead increase them.

The dense forests of the Amazon soak up more than one-quarter of the world's atmospheric carbon, making it a critically important buffer against global warming. But if the Amazon switches from a carbon sink to a carbon source that prompts further droughts and mass tree deaths, such a feedback loop could cause runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences."

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Russian Pensioners Protest Abolition Of Free Public Transport - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2011

Russian Pensioners Protest Abolition Of Free Public Transport - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2011: "UST-ILIMSK, Russia -- Some 30 elderly residents in an eastern Russian city demonstrated today against a proposal that would abolish free public transport for pensioners, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Natalya Shestakova, secretary of the Communist Party Committee in the city of Ust-Ilimsk, told RFE/RL the party organized the protest in front of the city council building."

Monday, January 24, 2011

Car system doesn't work in winter -- free public transport to the rescue

The significance of the issue is not lost on Poland’s cash-strapped city halls. Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, for one, has suggested that her transport officials should find a cheaper and more effective alternative to salting the capital’s roads.

Quite what that alternative should be remains unclear, however, as most other de-icing substances are significantly more expensive, according to Tadeusz Godlewski of the Road and Bridge Research Institute. Speaking to the Polish Press Agency, he noted that salt works well to -7° C, but quickly becomes less efficient at colder temperatures. Pricier solutions are then required, but even these are used sparingly in Europe and often mixed with more affordable substances.

...Businesses appear to be on their own, to some extent. But some cities have made magnanimous gestures to alleviate the burden on individuals at least. Kraków offered free public transport during the worst of December’s snow and heating braziers were set up at tram stops around the city, although this was little more than a stopgap measure.
Warsaw Business Journal

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Campaign for free public transport spreads to Norway

Prepare to add Norway to your list of countries with an active campaign for free public transport. Watch this blog or the links below for more information to come.

International Site

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Greece - Transport workers and riders fight back against fare hikes

Οι συνδικαλιστές της ΕΘΕΛ «ακυρώνουν» τις ακυρωτικές μηχανές των εισιτηρίων τη Δευτέρα, ημέρα στάσης εργασίας των μέσων μαζικής μεταφοράς.

Όπως τόνισε στο ΣΚΑΪ και στην εκπομπή «Στο στόμα του Νίκου» ο πρόεδρος των τεχνικών του οργανισμού Απόστολος Ραφτόπουλος, «ζητήσαμε από την κυβέρνηση για τις ημέρες που έχουμε κινητοποιήσεις να μεταφέρονται δωρεάν οι επιβάτες μας ως ελάχιστο αντισταθμιστικό όφελος. Η κυβέρνηση δεν το κάνει θα το κάνουμε εμείς.» SKAI.GR

Monday, January 10, 2011

Redland People | Free bus initiative: the solution to Redland transport problems?


Redland People | Free bus initiative: the solution to Redland transport problems?: "Basically, it is a non-profit organisation which asks those who can to become members or donate but which aims to provide free travel for all. The scheme looks set to start with one simple route around the centre from Temple Meads to Broadmead and the Hippodrome but if this goes well, will expand to include more routes further afield to places like Redland.


A spokesman for Free Bus said: 'Bristol City Council subsidises the bus network for £4.7 million per year, whilst entirely free public transport in Hasselt, Belgium, costs £4.2 million per year. The cost of a fully loaded short-hop bus journey is 23p per passenger.'

When you think about the £2 or £3 fares you currently pay for a bus journey in the city and the profits they must be making you wonder why we haven't aleady pursued this Free Bus initiative."