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THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
Reclaiming Public Transport for Climate-Ready Mobility
Sean Sweeney and John Treat - May 2019

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THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
RLS–NYC and IPB
May 2018

ONE STEP FURTHER TOWARDS GLOBAL REGULATION OF BUSINESS
Karolin Seitz
February 2018

AGRIFOOD ATLAS 2017
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Friends of the Earth Europe
November 2017

In this timely publication, authors Sean Sweeney and John Treat do away with some of the more persistent myths around energy and emissions trends related to transport. Focusing their analysis on passenger road transport, they make a strong case that if we want to mitigate climate change, we need to expand public transport options. Theirs is an urgent cause given the fact that, as a result of global land transport, current emissions are several times higher than the 2-3 gigatons by 2050 considered to be compatible with the Paris goal of global net zero emissions.

Looking at various alterations of the public transport system today—from shared car or bicycle systems to on-demand transport options (such as Uber or Lyft)—the authors explain how public transport can make an extremely important contribution to limiting emissions, but they also point out where the challenges lie. While increasing the market share of public transport is financially feasible and would provide better mobility options that can be just as convenient as private cars, the responsibility to make these options a reality lies with policy makers. The failure of existing neoliberal transport policies is intricately tied to a focus on private investment and attacks on public services. Over the last few decades, neoliberal governments across the globe have approved budget cuts and downsizing—or “structural adjustment,” as the equivalent to such policies is called in the Global South—while remaining unable to actually impede the growth of emissions.

Sweeney and Treat show that there are ways to improve and expand public transport in ways that it can fulfill its full social and environmental potential. Resisting neoliberal frameworks requires us to shift gears, literally and metaphorically, in favor of low-carbon public mobility. Trade unions, allies in the environmental movement, and other players in the public sector are essential to making this important change a reality.

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THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
RLS–NYC and IPB
May 2018

ONE STEP FURTHER TOWARDS GLOBAL REGULATION OF BUSINESS
Karolin Seitz
February 2018

AGRIFOOD ATLAS 2017
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Friends of the Earth Europe
November 2017

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Join Jane McAlevey, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and organizers around the world this October for Organizing for Power: A Four-Step Course on How We Win. Workers across the globe are under nearly unbearable pressure as the growing millionaire and billionaire class strategically redistributes all wealth away from the many and towards a tiny few. Neoliberalism—the deliberate...
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ORGANIZING FOR POWER, WITH JANE MCALEVEY

Join Jane McAlevey, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and organizers around the world this October for Organizing for Power: A Four-Step Course on How We Win. Workers across the globe are under nearly unbearable pressure as the growing millionaire and billionaire class strategically redistributes all wealth away from the many and towards a tiny few. Neoliberalism—the deliberate destruction of worker power and with it, the social welfare state—must be reversed if......
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