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Outrage + Optimism

Feb 4, 2021

This is our fourth and final episode of an Outrage + Optimism investigative series on The Future of Transport.

In 2019, UN Secretary General stated that “cities are where the climate battle will largely be won or lost” and he couldn’t be more right. With seven out of ten people expected to live in urban areas by 2050, and cities currently consuming ⅔ of the world’s energy, the need to transition off of fossil fuel based urban transport has never been more urgent.

But how do we solve deadly air pollution, traffic congestion, overcrowding while securing racial justice and a just transition for marginalized communities? The answer might surprise you. From flying taxis and high speed pods, to better bus routes and bike lanes, the urban transport solutions of the future look as unique and varied as the cities they might one day serve.

The future of sustainable cities will mean that billions of citizens can safely get around and enjoy healthy, equitable lives in our urban spaces. From Sao Paulo to London, Montreal to Kampala, Our hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson  speak to transport planners, pioneers and professors, all rising to the challenge of creating more sustainable cities. 



Listen to the previous episodes of our miniseries here - The Future of Transport


This series is sponsored by NESTE

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Guests this week:


Kevin Manaugh: Associate professor in the Department of Geography and The Bieler School of Environment at McGill University

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Pia Heidenmark Cook: Chief Sustainability Officer, Ingka Group

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Robin Chase: Co-founder of Zipcar, Veniam, NUMO

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Claire Birungi: Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, Country Manager, Uganda

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Sergio Avelleda: Urban Mobility Director at the World Resources Institute Ross Center For Sustainable Cities

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Jay Walder: CEO Virgin Hyperloop

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Florian Reuter: CEO Volocopter

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Shirley Rodrigues: London’s Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy

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