All the world is talking about e-mobility – expecting wonders ahead by self-driving cars and ‘computers on 4 wheels’, as some assume. The truth is: these visions are created by urban people, and they are valid only for a special segment of society, even if the biggest one: urban and wealthy people.
But there is a part of society that nobody talks about. Living on the country-side and living from what they have and earn from their land. They do agricultural work and have a few animals of their own. They do not have bank accounts working for them, their interest is not in %, but in using their livestock and soil for living. The principles had been valorised by the UN (2014 and 2015): background of family farming and diversity, doing no harm to the soil.
Their mobility solution is embedded in their means, as well. e-cars would not be a suitable. High-end technical solutions would not fit at all. Here is what works for them.
In Romania there are, depending on source, approximately 700.000 horses. Assuming 80% of them are working horses leads to hundreds of thousands of such rural horse cart drivers on the roads.
But their way of living is endangered by a growing motorization and fast road construction, following the development path of Central Europe after WW II: getting rid of animal power and manual work, producing and using industrial products instead.
Who is standing up for protecting and fostering those people and their needs?
Author and photo credits: Therese Grosswiele
Article first published on www.horsesgogreen.eu/2017/10/12/rural-mobility/