Today it is more clear than ever, all the efforts made in the last decades to tackle the problems our economy generates hadn’t been enough.

Transitioning into a sustainable future is not only urgent, but inevitable. With every crisis, it becomes more comprehensible that our problems are growing bigger. But in order to successfully tackle what could be the biggest challenge in human history, it is necessary to make deep changes in our society.

We have heard this over and over, but why are we still reluctant to conduct this transformation we so pressingly need? Maybe we are just missguided.


Cities may feel like a very harsh environment to live in. The reason is that they were not built for humans, instead, they were built for cars, lots of them.

Traffic, Iwona Castiello d’Antonio, Unsplash.com

Over the past century, cars have dominated urban landscapes globally. The impacts of building cities to accommodate our intensive use of cars are felt in every aspect of our society, from environment and health to social equity and economic development.

Citizens and authorities alike, know this needs to change, but how can our urban areas evolve beyond their car-centric designs to a more human approach? Cities used to be different, and they can be transformed again.

Cities built for inequality by inequality

To be able to understand the way cars reorganized society, we need to see urban recent history through the lens of discrimination and privilege.


Thanks to a great amount of data, and at this point also common sense, we can be certain of the correlation between economic growth, the increasing gap in social inequality, and the collapse of all earth’s living systems.

NO NATURE — NO FUTURE. Global climate change strike. Markus Spiske, Unsplash.com

In a previous piece, I’ve described how we are currently building our society under a virus paradigm, and how it is just impossible to carry on like this.

But how can we start moving forward? …


Hoy está más claro que nunca que todos los esfuerzos realizados en las últimas décadas para abordar los problemas que genera nuestra economía no han sido suficientes.

La transición a un futuro sostenible no sólo es urgente, sino inevitable. Con cada crisis, se vuelve más evidente que nuestros problemas se agravan. Pero para abordar con éxito lo que podría ser el mayor desafío en la historia humana, es necesario realizar cambios profundos en nuestra sociedad. Hemos escuchado esto una y otra vez, pero ¿por qué seguimos reacios a llevar a cabo esta transformación que tan urgentemente necesitamos? Quizás simplemente no…

Rodrigo Serrat

Advocate for natural and human wellbeing | spiritual activist living a life of service | Founder of www.karmaco.org

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