Lifestyle and Transport
How do we lead satisfying lives without consuming too many resources? How should we travel around in the 21st century? Have local authorities focused too much on discouraging cars in cities and too little on improving
and integrating public transport?
A good transport system is
essential for a strong economy and a good quality of life. By 2025, world-wide, we can expect
to have more than a billion cars on the road. Car exhaust emissions currently account for roughly
15% of CO2 output. More cars mean more climate change.
Would we, as individuals, be willing to use our cars less where there is a suitable alternative?
Can the experience in other countries help us?
Do we need community
strategies for local sustainable development which take account of economic, social and
environmental development. If so, how should community-based sustainable development strategies
be linked to Local Agenda21 and Community Planning? Do we need to encourage shops to stock
local produce? What are the obstacles to this? We need to ensure that we have good local
access to services and facilities that we require and that make a community sustainable
How and why should business support sustainable communities?
Basically we need to change
our attitudes to life and the way we live. What values do we need to emphasise in our lives and
our communities, to make a difference to Scotland's environment? What initiatives are needed
to promote lifestyle changes needed for sustainable development?
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