Monbiot in this opinion piece from the Guardian makes a strong case about the negative effects of many kinds on both human life and the environment. He connects the explosion of private transport to oil extraction and related conflicts, deteriorating health due to emissions and lack of exercise, the effects of nitrogen emissions on ecosystems, the spread of concrete over the planet’s surface, the replacement of open space with parking lots, the psychological aggression that drivers exhibit, and so on.
Three remarkable statistics show how rapidly road vehicles have been, and are projected to be, added to the technosphere created by humans that is now dominating the natural world:
•1970 250,000,000 •2016 1,200,000,000
•2050 2,500,000,000 (10x since 1970)