Zebee Johnstone said:>
The horses that are most floated in urban environments are racehorses.
One of the most popular forms of entertainment in the pre-TV pre-car
pre-gasguzzling days. IF the oil goes, then most of the current kinds
of entertainment will probably fail too, and you'll be definitely
wanting horseracing back.
LotteBum said:It's harsh to blame those who tow regularly on our terrible environment.
It's common to hear the old "but I actually use my 4WD for x purpose" excuse, but I personally don't think it's valid.
Back in my day as a horse rider, my parents could not afford a horse float, and I'm sure they wouldn't have spent the thousands of dollars on a float plus the car capable of towing it. Rather, I rode my horse to local events and once a year (max), I'd save up and hire a float and the olds would take me to some sort of event.
The same goes for those who "actually use the 4WD for its intended purpose - going off road". Not only are they out there bashing their sh!tboxes around in the bush - they're also burning a lot of fuel in the process, plus they're driving the big sh!tter around during the week. If you really want to go off road in a car, what's wrong with hiring one for a couple of weeks every year? I imagine it would be a lot cheaper than owning one.
I don't care what anyone's excuse is - the only people who genuinely need 4WD's are those who need to go off road to get somewhere. That said, I'm not sure why a Jimny or Rav can't do the same job....
We could all do a lot better. In a perfect world, we'd all walk everywhere (barefoot, of course), have water tanks, grow our own produce etc. In reality, that's not going to happen anytime soon.
One of the easiest things to do is not to drive a huge tank everywhere we go. There are so many other things we can all do such as composting, walk/ride more, drive less (even if we only have small cars), use less electricity, get a water tank (even if there was no drought, it's a waste of energy to use drinking quality water for watering gardens), stop using chemicals in the garden and even contributing towards the Energex Green Scheme... it's all about how much we care and some people truly don't give a flying f*ck.
I agree with you. My mum is going to be buying a new car in the next 12 months. She works about 20km from home and I keep telling her to buy either a 100cc scooter (she has to drive through an 80km/h zone with no over taking lanes - wouldn't want to hold any V8's up now, would you?) or a small car like a Yaris or something equally small. Her belief is that cars that small look silly with their tiny little wheels etc, so she'll probably end up buying a Corolla or a Mazda 3 which, even though they're not huge, I still think is overkill. To this day, I wish we'd bought a Mazda 2 over our Corolla - not that I don't love our Stoller - just that even better fuel economy would rock.Tamyka Bell said:my Dad doesn't seem to give much of a sh!t about the
environment. I reckon I have a cool mother. Go Mum!