Michael Cahill, Reader in Social Policy, gave the key note speech at the recent European Union RESPONDER network event on sustainable mobility held in Bratislava, Slovakia on 22 March 2012.
This was a multinational event held under the aegis of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme, bringing together proponents of pro-growth and de-growth to examine the consequences for everyday decision-making in relation to sustainable consumption and the environmental crisis. This is one of a series of events which the RESPONDER network is holding across the EU on different policy areas including food, debt, housing and transport. Participants from different sectors – business, universities, politics – debate and deliberate on the challenges from a variety of perspectives – pro-growth, environmental modernisation, de-growth.
In his keynote Michael Cahill argued for a sustainable transport policy that would reduce social inequality, extend the abilities of vulnerable groups to access goods and services and keep within environmental limits.
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