QUESTION: Is it going to be possible to cut greenhouse gas emissions resulting from day to day transport in your city by five percent next year?
RESPONSE: Yes *
* But you have to be very smart
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? (Attributed to A. Einstein)
Working Notes, Building Blocks, Putting them together
The sources, references and links that follow here – we call them building blocks or parts of the much larger puzzle – are presented here in first working draft form and are intended to be useful to inform and guide students, researchers, concerned citizens and others interested in getting up to speed on the wide range of challenging topics that need to be brought in to the analysis and eventual work plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the local transport sector by a radical target and in a single year . These references include a considerable variety of issues, hints and developments (examples, free public transport, economic levers, value capture, full gender parity, etc., etc.) which have important roles to play in this wholesale reconstruction of the new mobility ecosystem.
WORLD CLIMATE EMERGENCY
We are well into this new century, and our highest priority for education, research, public policy, innovation, collaborative problem solving and our own day by day actions must be to get on the right side of the climate agenda. And as is firmly established the path to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions reductions lies in transforming the ways in which we human beings use and dispose of resources and energy.
CLIMATE/NEW MOBILITY ACTION PLAN
The transport sector is a massively inefficient user of energy and for now is locked into carbon-based fuels. Which gives us our target, our enormous opportunity: namely finding the courage to address and manage the transition to sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives. We have the knowledge, the resources, the examples and the tools to get the job done. But do we have the foresight, the courage to do it? Do we have the skills in engaging and communicating? Let’s have a look.
This collaborative project just getting underway in Spring 2019 aims to demonstrate how brave cities and regions can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport/mobility sector by at least five percent in the first year after startup. The core strategy identifies and puts to work a collection of field-proven, cost-effective, ready-to-go policies, measures, tools and strategies which make use of proven technologies, and which aim at more efficient use of existing resources in the very short term (one year). And this by working from a well-prepared two-pronged push and pull strategy based on a combination on the demand side of (a) sharp VKT reductions and in tandem on the revised supply side (b) an expanding menu of Better Choices, all while working with proven, cost-effective, available technologies and processes.
BETTER, FASTER, CHEAPER
The project aims to set and achieve sharp, trend-reversing, measurable, open results in a very short time with an approach that is, we argue, Better and Faster and Cheaper. And through this continuing interactive process basically reshaping the city’s underlying mobility ecosystem. Such bold initiatives are only possible with very strong leadership and commitment, and an exceptional ability to communicate and engage the population and civil society in a fully equitable and positive manner.
Now seeking critical feedback on working materials and proposals, collaborators for specific projects, presentation opportunities, authors, partners and eventual demonstration projects and sponsors. The success of the project depends on a strong commitment to FULL GENDER PARITY at all stages of the discussion, planning and decision process, for reasons that will be obvious to the greater part of our readers.
TO GET US STARTED
(1) Your invitation – https://wp.me/psKUY-5vw
(2) Introduction – http://bit.ly/2SGXWNu
(3) Global Climate context – http://bit.ly/2SgKIWW
(4) Climate Change programs underwayhttp://bit.ly/2EwBwK7
(5) World Climate Change News & media- http://bit.ly/2XegNCm
(6) International Advisory Panel – https://wp.me/psKUY-4yh
(7) Strategies – https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/tag/strategies/
(8) Planners’ Bookshelf – (to follow)
(9) The Third Force – https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/tag/thethirdforce/
(10) Visual evidence – http://bit.ly/2T6Ee1k
(11) Twitter – https://twitter.com/worldstreets
(12) Full Gender Parity – http://bit.ly/2ViIR5G
E. firstname.lastname@example.org. T +336 5088 0787. WAP +1 310 919 4292. Skype: newmobility
Project coordinator: Eric Britton, related work at – http://bit.ly/2Ti8LsX
* * * AGAIN, THIS ROUGH FIRST DRAFT. REQUIRES CAREFUL REWRITE * * *