Growth vs Cycling

What work commute could look like in most cities around the world.
Just shot this in Stockholm this week and it’s such a basic scene, that you could have this in any city in the world.

But… there’s a problem with this. It has no value in our current economic model. Just this week, a major European leader showed a remarkably limited understanding of… well, everything, when she summed up her strategy with the words “growth, growth, growth”.

In the minds of people who think money moves the world, economic growth is not helped by people who walk or cycle, instead of buying cars and fuel. Beautiful trees just siting there do not help GDP either.
So they wil never support these things and their only strategy is to work more, produce more, consume more. Reducing people to miserable slaves.
What they fail to understand is that THIS is the #realGDP . The natural world and people living and forming a society in it. Money is a just a poor concept with zero value in the real world, the one with air, food, water and an entire ecosystem which we depend on.
People lived and moved and worked before the invention of money and they will continue to do that after the disappearance of this concept.

Another thing that leaders don’t seem to understand is that endless economic growth in a finite space with finite resources leads to inequality, wars and death.
Rich people are trying to convince politicians that money has real value, to protect the current system and their importance, but that value is zero compared to what we are trading: freedom, health, peace and the whole planet.
So, time to put value on the real assets we have. Time to replace GDP and time for a new economic model, one that isn’t made up by the rich for the rich.

“Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.”
Robert F. Kennedy – Remarks at the University of Texas, 1968.