Event June 24th – Getting about in a One Planet Region

Hi folks, this will be the final Conversation before our summer break. The topic is “Getting about in a One Planet Region”, recognising that transportation is the second largest component in Victoria and Saanich’s ecological footprint, (after food). So how do we get about in our region in a way that reduces both our ecological and carbon footprint (by about 70%, and soon) and yet ensures that everyone in the region has a decent life – which obviously includes access and mobility.

Join Zoom Meeting – Thursday June 24 from 5-7pm
Meeting ID: 655 017 8914

In addition to Todd Litman, we have now confirmed Jasmindra Jawanda, a member of the Board of the Conversations, as a speaker.

Jasmindra will bring to the Conversations a particular emphasis on the equity and inclusiveness dimensions in thinking about how to get about in a One Planet region. She is an Urban Planner with a Masters degree in Community and Regional Planning who is committed to “creating space for people and place” that lead to diverse, inclusive, socially just, sustainable, vibrant and resilient communities. With over 20 years of professional experience, Jasmindra has a varied career involving working in the areas of land use planning, community planning, social planning, cultural/edi planning, environmental planning, gender planning, youth development, and international development. She has worked with diverse and marginalized populations including racialized and Indigenous peoples, immigrants and refugees, youth, women and peoples with diverse abilities. She is a member of the Board of the Conversations.

We have called this “Getting about” ather than transportation because there are many ways to get about other than on wheels, including ‘digital commuting’ and walking, for example, which are not exactly transportation – although they are mobility. As one of our speakers, Todd Litman, noted in responding to my invitation to speak:

“The new paradigm is more comprehensive and multimodal. It recognizes that the ultimate goal of most transportation is accessibility to services and activities, and that many factors affect this accessibility, including land use development patterns and mobility substitutes such as telecommunications and delivery services. This expands the range of solutions that can be considered to transportation problems.”

With any luck, we will be able to start in-person Conversations in the Fall, in locations across the region, with speakers presenting on Zoom and then local discussions – stay tuned.

Dr Trevor Hancock, Hon FFPH 

Retired Professor and Senior Scholar
School of Public Health and Social Policy
University of Victoria



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