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The politics of climate change: what happens "after the car"?

  • Date(s)
    1 December 2009
  • Time
    08.30 - 10.00
  • Location
    London

John Urry, distinguished professor and director of the centre for mobilities research at Lancaster University, will outline the central arguments and public policy recommendations of his new book, After the Car (co-authored with Kingsley Dennis) at an interactive breakfast seminar on Tuesday 1 December.

Presentation
John Urry

Respondent
Anthony Giddens, former director of the LSE and author of The Politics of Climate Change

Chair
Roger Liddle, chair of Policy Network

The seminar marks the next phase of the "politics of climate change" project. The aim of this new initiative, developed by Policy Network and the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the LSE, is to explore the positive aspects of confronting climate change and energy security by focusing upon the implications for business and society-at-large. The advent of a low-carbon economy is much discussed at the moment, but accounts differ as to what this new economy will look like. Nonetheless, it is likely to be as different from our existing industrial model as this was to the agrarian one which preceded it. Technological innovation will be pivotal to this process, as will the lifestyle changes stemming from a developing ecological consciousness.

The book, described by prominent sociologist Ulrich Beck, as practising the impossible art of anticipating discontinuity of the future by “opening up the social and sociological imagination for alternative paths of modernisation”, argues that the days of the car in our lives are numbered thanks to the coalescing forces of digitisation, peaking of oil supplies, and most importantly, serious climate change. By debating prospective new fuel systems, automobile materials, transportation policies and socially progressive work and leisure practices, the book is a timely intervention in the climate change debate and one which poses the sort of uncomfortable questions our new initiative will seek to address.

The event will run from 8.30am until 10am.

If you would like to attend, please contact Jade Groves, events manager at Policy Network on jgroves@policy-network.net or 00 44 (0) 20 7340 2216.

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