Debating urban mobility and its impact on the environment and health

B·Debate, the CCCB, ISGlobal and CREAL are kicking off this series of conferences on the effects of urban growth on the environment and human health


Urban growth seems to be unstoppable. At the same time, contemporary society is characterized by a lifestyle that is intensely mobile: megalopolises, growing urban sprawl, tourism and migratory flows move millions of people every day. Access to transport is key in determining our quality of life. Today, however, mass use of mobility systems based on fossil fuels has a huge impact on the environment and health, and poses major challenges in an increasingly urbanized world.

On 24 November, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) will host the conference Urban Planet. Mobility in Cities of the Future, organized by B·Debate (an initiative of Biocat and the "la Caixa" Foundation), ISGlobal and CREAL. The conference will be led by John Urry –professor of Sociology at Lancaster University and a world-renowned expert on mobility and tourism- who will speak about the possibility of rethinking urban growth and mobility to create a healthier, more sustainable and more socially just future. The debate will also feature Salvador Rueda, director of the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona, and will be moderated by Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, coordinator of the CREAL Air Pollution Program.

This conference is the first in a series of debates resulting from the collaboration of renowned scientific institutions ISGlobal, CREAL and B·Debate with the CCCB in order to raise awareness of the impact urban growth has on the environment and human health.


Date: 24 November 2014

Time: 7 pm

Place: CCCB (Auditorium), c/ Montalegre, 5 08001 Barcelona

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Price per session: €3 

Amics del CCCB, the unemployed and under 12s: free of charge

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Simultaneous translation into Catalan will be available.