This photo illustrates a fairly typical first experience of somebody visiting the New Forest National Park… caught up in a long line of traffic queues.
I think a “business as usual” approach means that things will only get worse and it means shaking up all the organisations that can help make a difference.
I am doing the best I can, promoting cycling schemes, pushing for a return of the Waterside passenger railway service, pressing for new Park & Ride facilities and trying to get local authorities to tackle the serious air quality issues we have.
It helps to have a bigger team of Liberal Democrats to push for change.
The month of May wasn’t all taken up with campaigning.
I was involved in organising Motions to Hampshire County Council and New Forest District Council on motions to treat climate change as an emergency.
We must provide transport options other than cars.
I am proud of my involvement in supporting linked bus routes around the New Forest, under the banner of the New Forest Tour.
Such initiatives don’t even have to be subsidised by taxpayers.
We have shown that they can become financially viable.
I think you can build on such initiatives.
Imagine having the tour buses visit Park and Ride facilities?
Perhaps also bike hire opportunities?
More electric car charging points?
I have noticed the increasing support for the Green party.
Perhaps people will be prepared to make some sacrifices if it means we can help reverse the damage we and other countries our doing.
It is not going to be easy… but the future of our planet depends upon it.