The transport sector generates 23 percent of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. As almost all people need to move daily our transport choices have, collectively, a direct link to air pollution and climate change. Most people across the globe get around by walking or cycling and more can be done to improve infrastructure to ensure safe conditions for pedestrians and cyclists alike. Driving less, sharing your ride, and swapping to electric are just some of the main ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

We will ask our panel to reflect on how COVID-19 has affected mobility; what sustainability challenges and opportunities are there when building back better; contrasting African/European mobility policies; the leisure trends that have emerged from COVID times and the impacts of staying closer, staying longer and buying better.

This webinar’s panel features:


13.00-13.05 Welcome to the Living Better and Lighter Series – Garrette Clark, Sustainable Lifestyles, Consumption and Production Unit, UNEP

13.05-13.10 Introduction: Rob De Jong, Head of Air Quality and Mobility Unit, UNEP

13.10-13.20 Focus: Mobility impact in Africa and lessons for the future – Christopher Kost, Africa Program Director, Institute for Transportation & Development Policy

13.20-13.30 Focus: COVID trends on leisure- focusing on experiences, staying closer or staying longer and buying better – Christopher Warren, Director, The International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) Australia

13.30-13.40 Focus: COVID and mobility – sustainability challenges and opportunities in Latin America- Claudia Adriazola-Steil, Deputy Director, Urban Mobility Program and Director of Health and Road Safety Program, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

13.40-14.30 Moderated discussion and conclusions


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The Sustainable Living 1.5 Webinar Series aims to shape and inform the dialogue on identifying people centric approaches in a post COVID19 world. Based on evidence, what has proven to change behavior during the pandemic, these webinars will feed sustainability dialogues on how to effectively engage people and youth in building back better.

The Sustainable Living 1.5 Webinar Series is organized by United Nations Environment Programme in collaboration with the One Planet Network Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme.