Protests alone don’t create solutions. Protests with highly organized, coordinated efforts, with effective demands and a message clearly delivered can be the start of something good. That’s exactly what happened at Frankfurt’s International Motor Show (IAA).

In a coordinated effort to demand an end to combustion engines and shift to more environmentally friendly emissions-free vehicles, Cyclists, Scientists, and Climate Advocates blocked the entrance to one of the world’s most important auto shows in mid-September. Their key concern is the lack of commitment from automakers to creating climate-friendly vehicles – as demonstrated by the fact that less than 25% of the new cars displayed at IAA are using advanced technology that improves their emissions performance.

The protest brought the city to a crawl, as cyclists made their way on several major motorways to the IAA. It brought tremendous attention to the global citizen and transportation consumer’s desire for change. This level…
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