From A to B? Or making A a good place to Be?
A workshop on transport, or not transport, for ecocell members
and for all Christian Ecology Link members and supporters
On a Saturday January 12th 2013, 10.45 am to 4.30pm at St Aloysius Catholic Church Hall, 20 Phoenix Road, Euston, London NW1
The workshop will address many of the issues raised in the ecocell 2 transport and travel module (which you can download http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/ec2/TransportModule.pdf).
This module concludes:
Transport policy and practice, at both government and personal levels, badly needs systemic ‘outside the box’ thinking. Forget for a moment about things with wheels or wings, forget about roads, tracks, airports, forget about the ‘carrots and sticks’. We need to think about what creates the (excess) transport demand in the first place. The changes needed may require action on where we live, work, play, study – or pray – as much as on how we travel. And the changes may take a number of years to bring about.
Themes covered at the workshop:
- Looking to the future: Projection of the effect of a much, much higher oil price on transport, travel practices and the potential for localisation
- Localisation: Examples of communities which have achieved a much greater degree of local provision for local need. How that can be achieved without becoming narrow-minded and insular. A Christian perspective on living locally.
- Community action: Examples from mainland Europe demonstrating how local travel systems can enhance, rather than restrict and distort, community life. Examples will include Vauban (Freiberg), Hamburg, Copenhagen and Groningen.
- Journey as pilgrimage: ensuring that the travel we do is a meaningful experience. A prayerful reflection to complete the workshop.
Contributors to the workshop will include:
Dr Steve Melia of the University of the West of England, researcher and campaigner on ‘car free’ urban developments and on low impact transport systems.
Oli Griffiths, George Dow and Tony Emerson of the South London ecocell 2 group.
Who for: Anyone who is concerned about these issues will be welcome to the sessions from 10.45 till 2.30pm. From 2.30pm on there will be sessions for the ecocell 2 groups.
Cost: No charge – but those of us who can afford are asked to make voluntary contributions to CEL to cover our costs.
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Please contact Tony Emerson, email@example.com 020 8769 4078 for details of date and venue, and to book a place.