Move Freely, Breathe Deeply, and Reach Safely
Date & Time
Friday, October 30, 2020, 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Heather Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, ITDP, New York, USA
Majid Ezzati, Professor of Global Environmental Health at Imperial College, London, UK
Maria Neira, Director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland
Dagmawit Moges Bekele, Minister of Transport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Covid-19 brought to light the failures of car-centric zoning policies and urban development, forcing cities to reevaluate sustainable mobility’s role in achieving public health goals and the need to urgently address air quality and transport people safely. Health and place are intimately linked, wherein lower income and other communities at risk face greater health disparities due to land use planning and policies that reinforce negative public health outcomes. By aligning sustainable transport and urban development with equitable public health, this session identifies strategies to campaign against congestion and sprawl, and for urban livability and clean air.