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"We need to boost public transport supply and limit car use in order to reduce our emissions by 60% within 10 years"

Jean Coldefy

22/10/2020

Reducing our CO2 emissions by 60% within 10 years, as the European Parliament aims to do, requires an unprecedented modal shift. Jean Coldefy discusses the implications of such a goal, which requires boosting public transport supply and limiting car use. Funding such a program implies a revolution in mobility pricing. Do politicians realize this and how will they get citizens on board?

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Covid-19: Are we heading for a ‘new normal’ and does it matter?

Greg Marsden

15/07/2020

The restrictions in mobility that have accompanied the lockdown and subsequent staged release of lockdown in response to Covid-19 have created the conditions for some quite radical natural experiments in social adaptation. In this article I reflect on what we can learn about the importance of collective social norms in making more transformative social change work. I argue that whilst there is both great potential in some of the adaptations to set us on a more climate compliant pathway, there…

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60 consumption options to fight global warming

Diana Ivanova, Dominik Wiedenhofer, Max Callaghan

10/07/2020

Tackling the global climate crisis requires that societies drastically reduce their greenhouse gas footprints (GHG footprint). In this review, we synthesized 60 consumption options and their GHG mitigation potentials, taking into account the life cycle GHG footprints of production and consumption. We find a few options with high potentials and many options with intermediate potential. We highlight how unlocking these potentials requires overcoming infrastructural, institutional and behavioural…

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French 2020 municipal elections: why the pedestrianization of city centers isn’t enough

Mobile Lives Forum

06/07/2020

As Green parties recorded historic results in the second round of the French municipal elections in June, walking will be an important topic in the coming months for many French communities whose newly elected officials campaigned on this issue. In this context, the Mobile Lives Forum warns us against seeing the pedestrianization of city centers as the only or even correct way of promoting walking as a mode of travel in its own right. We have to think of largescale, uninterrupted pedestrian…

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“Being anchored to be agile”: a call for interdisciplinarity in mobility research

Dominique Joye

23/06/2020

Following the publication on the Mobile Lives Forum website of the roundtable "Spatial mobilities, the origins of a field," Professor Dominique Joye, an expert on social sciences research methodologies, further discusses the issue of interdisciplinarity in current research. He reminds us both of the virtues of hybridization for scientific research and the importance of disciplinary roots to take advantage of it. Behind this apparent paradox, which can be summed up by the phrase “being anchored…

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One foot in the city, one foot in the village: the invisible mobility of urban workers in India

Matias Echanove, Rahul Srivastava

19/05/2020

The lockdown in India caused a humanitarian catastrophe that could have been avoided: several million people suddenly left the cities for the hinterland, sometimes without resources or means of transport. These workers and their families, who are often considered migrants, lead lives that are split between the city, where they can find work, and their village of origin, which is sometimes over a thousand kilometers away. Their mobility is invisible to statistics, and now is the time to…

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The lockdown is revealing the limits of our lifestyles, pace of life and environments

Mobile Lives Forum

14/05/2020

While contemporary lifestyles are structured around the ability to travel often, quickly and far, the lockdown has introduced an unprecedented constraint that has temporarily interrupted the usual spatial and temporal deployment of our activities. While digital tools are serving an important role in making these measures bearable, they can’t compensate for this limitation of travel on their own. All dimensions of our lives have been disrupted: home life, social life, consumption, work, family…

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Video-communications, videoconferencing and the lockdown

Christian Licoppe

13/05/2020

Up until now, the use of video-communication was fairly marginal, but with the lockdown period, most of us seem to have adopted it with disconcerting ease. It seems however to be used as a poor substitute for physical face-to-face meetings that would otherwise be allowed by travel. So the question is: are these interactions enabled by digital tools, while different, somehow inferior to those allowed by travel? How could video-presence make us question our mobility practices and rethink the…

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On global counter-productivity. The critique of mobility and the coronavirus crisis

Alexandre Rigal

22/04/2020

At the beginning of April 2020, more than half the world's population was on lockdown. It has therefore become more necessary than ever to question the role of our global mobility system. In view of this, the critiques of mobility that arose in the 1970s provide safe guidance. They offer both an insight on a particular factor in the expansion of this epidemic that has now become a pandemic - the transportation system - and avenues to plan for our transportation system after the crisis.

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Covid-19: “The crisis allows us to radically reinvent our mobilities”  

Mobile Lives Forum

22/04/2020

Due to Covid-19, mobility has come to a standstill almost everywhere in the world. This historic moment presents an opportunity to collectively reconsider how we move around: how do we want to travel in the future? How can we adapt our mobility system to face the social and environmental challenges ahead? For the Mobile Lives Forum, one thing is certain: we shouldn’t just “go back to normal.”

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Mobility: the lifeblood of modernity and the virus that threatens to undo it

Tim Cresswell

18/03/2020

In my 2006 book, *On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World*, I wrote that mobility was the lifeblood of mobility and the virus that threatens to undo it. The idea was further developed in reflections on the concept of turbulence in the text that follows, also written a few years ago, without knowing that it would resonate particularly today with the unprecedented situation that has arisen since the appearance of the coronavirus.

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Ecotourism: Is my flying saving the planet?

Javier Caletrío

10/03/2020

Tourism and wildlife conservation organisations promote ecotourism as a conservation, development and educational tool. Your holiday in exotic landscapes, they argue, could make the world a better place. But as the demand for ecotourism and its associated CO2 emissions grow, is flying to distant places compatible with the international commitment to avert 1.5 or more of global heating?

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