Chas and I have had some interesting discussions recently.
Chas: “I’ll say. My bars are spinning.”
The weather has been dry and warm so Thatch has been gathering dust in the shop as Chas and I make the morning commute, and take lengthy training rides on the way back home.
Chas: “Yea. About 50 km every day with all that climbing.”
We are in the midst of a national election campaign here in Canada, and the Canadian Diabetes Association is encouraging all candidates to adopt a consumer soda pop tax to discourage consumption of the sugary products that contribute to both obesity and diabetes. Mexico and France have already adopted a similar tax.
Chas: “Why don’t people just cycle more, the way we do?”
Don’t tax the consumer. Don’t take money out of their pockets. Tax the companies that produce these products. Tax where it’s going to benefit the most. We need a tax system that is socially responsible. One that encourages a clean environment, and healthy lifestyle choices. We need to re-think the corporate tax system in this country. Instead of a single corporate tax rate, we need a system that rewards companies that protect the environment, and encourages people to make healthy lifestyle choices.
Chas: “That sounds simple.”
Well, it’s not. There is no consensus. There are differing views on how to abate climate change. Differing views on what a healthy lifestyle even is. There are liberals, conservatives and social democrats all spouting different solutions and priorities.
Chas: “I don’t understand. We take up less room on the road. We don’t pollute. You feel better. I last forever, thanks to you. Why don’t more city people cycle more?”
That’s too simplistic?
Lou: “How do we disrupt this thinking?”
I don’t know.
Chas: “Why don’t you run for office?”