Women leaders transforming street design

The way we travel around our towns and cities is changing. Reducing motor use and increasing walking, wheeling and cycling is key to reducing carbon emissions.

Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, is bringing together women from across the globe to showcase how changes to street infrastructure can change travel behaviours in a positive way for the environment, our health and local economies.

Too often women, children, older and disabled people are excluded from designing and planning our public spaces. If we want urban worlds that are liveable, healthier and better, then we need to include more diverse groups in their development. The panellists will discuss their approach to putting a more equitable society at the heart of their work.

Susan Claris (Vice President, Living Streets and Associate Director, Arup) will Chair the session. The panel will include:

  • Carly Gilbert-Patrick, Team Leader for Active Mobility, Digitalisation & Mode Integration, UN Environment Programme (live from Kenya)
  • Leslie Kern, Urbanist and author of Feminist City (live from Canada)
  • Cllr Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability & Carbon Reduction, Glasgow (in person)
  • Janet Sanz, Deputy Mayor, Barcelona (live from Spain).

A facilitated panel discussion about what lessons can be learned and how their positive examples can be adapted worldwide will follow the panellists’ presentations.


Are Religious Leaders Rising to the Climate Challenge?

The Commonwealth Jewish Council recognises that religion is one of the most potent and motivating forces in human society. Unfortunately, far too often the power of religious communities is overlooked in international affairs and only perceived as a source of trouble rather than idealistic action for the good of Humankind. If religions and their leaders are not on board with the need to address climate change, arguably, huge proportions of the world’s population will not be moved to take the matter seriously.

This panel will explore not only what religions have to say about the topic but, more importantly, what religions are doing and can do to improve the world on this front.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
The Rt. Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading
Chief Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
Chaired by CEO of the CJC Clive Lawton OBE JP