Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation account for about 28 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. As we work together to address the profound climate crisis, the US DOT Volpe Center’s new speaker series, Innovation for a Sustainable, Equitable Transportation System, will explore how to transition to a low-/no-carbon transportation system—one that enables disadvantaged communities to gain access to mobility, jobs, and economic opportunity.
Ed Carr, PhD, director and professor in the International Development, Community, and Environment Department at Clark University, will present his talk, “A Climate-Resilient Future Is an Equitable, Just Future,” as part of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s 2021 speaker series, Innovation for a Sustainable, Equitable Transportation System, on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at noon ET.
Climate change poses immediate and rapidly growing systemic risks to human well-being. Solutions to this crisis often focus on the identification of new technologies that can mitigate or even remove emissions while protecting us from now-inevitable impacts, and in our urgency, questions of equity and justice are often pushed aside. This is a fundamentally misguided framing of the climate challenge and its solutions, as climate resilient future depends on attention to and increased achievement of social equity and justice.