Have you ever wondered why British Columbia, home to countless avid nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts and a province with masses of commuters and tourists, doesn’t have a passenger rail system? It’s a good question and one that warrants consideration of both history and politics.
During a recent visit to see my partner’s family in Germany, I found myself sitting on the train to Munich after hiking in the Alps, wondering what on earth had happened to the idea of passenger rail between Whistler and Vancouver.
The year is 2048. Goods and services are exchanged without paper notes, coins, or even cards. Cash is a thing of the past. All purchases are electronic. This transition was more than just a switch from bills in a wallet to digits on a smartphone. Most importantly, this change coincided with a global shift to using the earth’s resources sustainably.
I must admit to having grown up more-or-less sheltered from the realities of our global and local environmental issues. This was in part due to my own inability to focus as a child, but was also largely a result of the environment in which I was raised. By that I refer not to my parents so much as society in general.