POST-RECESSION UK: CAN WE DELIVER A HEALTHY GREEN COUNTRY?

26 September 2013

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POST-RECESSION UK: CAN WE DELIVER A HEALTHY GREEN COUNTRY?

 

Population growth, increasing demands on public services and the need for a greener, more sustainable and healthy quality of life – these are the options facing the UK as it emerges from recession. These themes are explored by eminent speakers PACTS’ conference next month.

 

Achieving safety, sustainability and health goals in transport will address the policy overlaps, synergies and even failures across transport, sustainability and public health, in local and central government, in the UK and Europe.

 

Executive Director of PACTS, David Davies says: “This conference will demonstrate how professionals from the worlds of transport safety, sustainability and public health are coming together to deliver shared objectives, such as reducing childhood obesity, cutting carbon emissions and making our streets safer for walking and cycling. Dianne Abbott MP, Shadow Public Health Minister, will give the keynote address, and other speakers include leaders of public health and sustainability for Birmingham City Council and for the NHS. We will look at providing more attractive, comfortable and safe places in which to live and travel.”

 

Kulveer Ranger, Special Projects Director at Serco Group will talk about the UK’s opportunity to reinvigorate its towns and cities to keep the UK economy progressing while improving the quality of life and providing a sustainable future.

 

The Mayor of London has long held the view that a ‘cyclised’ city is a civilised city and Ben Johnson, senior road safety planning manager for Transport for London, will also speak at the PACTS conference, outlining plans for ambitious increases in cycling – along with a programme to reduce all casualties by 40 per cent by 2020.

 

Triple Whammy: achieving safety, sustainability and health goals in transport is on Wednesday 16 October 2013, at the Royal College of Surgeons, London.  Bookings made before 30 September are at a discounted fee.  The conference will address the policy overlaps, synergies and even failures across transport, sustainability and public health, in local and central government, in the UK and Europe. PACTS’ conference partners are the Associate Parliamentary Health Group, Living Streets and Sustrans.

 

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) is a registered charity and an associate Parliamentary Group. Its charitable objective is “To protect human life through the promotion of transport safety for the public benefit”.

www.pacts.org.uk

 

Further media information:

David Armstrong/Becky Hadley       020 7808 7997

 

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