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Transport: how can I be a good citizen of the world?

We live on a big planet and we are a social species. But until relatively recently, the only way to have a conversation with anyone outside our own home was to move to their location—on foot, by bike, by car, on horseback, bullet train or pogo stick.

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About the talk

Travel is world-changing, allowing us to benefit from large, shared facilities like hospitals and concert halls, and to see friends and family in distant countries.

But our transport system was never designed for today's world, and it's often inefficient, polluting and time-consuming. It's a patchwork of partial solutions from different times in history. It's almost certain that we'll travel differently in the future, but should we also travel less? In this event we look at how we got here, what we should do next, and which vehicles are really going to carry us into the future.

Speakers include:

  • Ellis Palmer: Ellis Palmer is a journalist and producer at the BBC World Service's Newshour programme. During lockdown, Ellis, who lives with cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user, has cycled over 7,000 kilometres, mostly around his hometown of Birkenhead. 
  • Professor Karen Lucas: A world-leading expert on transport and social justice, Dr Karen Lucas is Professor of Human Geography and Research Director at the School of Environment, Education and Development at The University of Manchester.
  • Sam Li: Senior Innovation Officer at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) with 10 years' experience working in the mobility innovation sector.

This is the first part of our series of talks curated by Physicist Helen Czerski, looking at equality, food and transport in the context of climate change.

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