Blue Track (C-18): Disruptions to Global Transportation Systems

- Session Description (click to collapse)

In this session, we will continue to discuss data gaps and actionable information, focusing specifically on what data are needed to allow decision-makers to better understand the effects of rising petroleum prices on adaptation strategies. Disruptions to local and global transportation systems will have profound effects on the delivery of personnel, services, and goods important for public health and well-being. Climate change adaptation strategies that do not take into account these complicating challenges are less apt to be useful and successful.

This session will include a brief introduction/overview of how rising petroleum prices on global transportation systems will have ripple effects on public health and well-being.

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- Moderator (click to collapse)

Cindy Parker
Cindy Parker

Cindy Parker is an Assistant Professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences; co-Director of the Program on Global Sustainability and Health; co-Director of the M.P.H. Concentration in Global Environmental Sustainability and Health; and Associate Director of the Environment, Energy, Sustainability, and Health Institute. She works on climate change policy change initiatives for the state of Maryland and nationally. Her interests include how global environmental issues such as climate change are communicated in such a way as to motivate behavior change. The interplay between peak oil and climate change is another area of interest, as is working with communities to solve local and global environmental problems and sustainable development issues.

Dr. Parker’s honors and awards include induction into the Delta Omega Alpha Public Health Honor Society in 2000, a 1987–1988 American Association of University Women Educational Fellowship, a 1986 Edith Petrie Brown Award for Outstanding Community Service to Women, a 1986 Ciba Geigy Award for Outstanding Community Service, and a 1984 Schaible Memorial Award for Outstanding Biology Student of the Year.

Education:

M.P.H., The Johns Hopkins University, 2000
M.D., University of Arizona, 1988

- Notes (click to collap

Recorder Sreeshankar Sivasankaran nair

Moderator Dr CP : Introduction

Effect of peak oil on society

Increase in demand and decrease in supply leads to widening wedge - increase costs

Portland oregon - unique community to engage in peak oil study report - available online

scenarios, oil shocks, vulnerablities, recommendations

recourse to non traditional sources of oil - sands/shale

Advocate increased use of public transportation

Need for more public transport systems - oil costs increase supply chain costs

New rail tracks involve more stress on demand on petroleum

locally based business can function - not import based,

Ripple effects of oil move to deeper levels in society

Introduction

Effect of peak oil on society

Increase in demand and decrease in supply leads to widening wedge - increase costs

Portland oregon - unique community to engage in peak oil study report - available online

scenarios, oil shocks, vulnerablities, recommendations

recourse to non traditional sources of oil - sands/shale

Advocate increased use of public transportation

Need for more public transport systems - oil costs increase supply chain costs

New rail tracks involve more stress on demand on petroleum

locally based business can function - not import based,

Ripple effects of oil move to deeper levels in society

Dr  CP

Ripple effects of oil move to deeper levels in society

Localizing goods and service production, rational land use planning

Comments

Important people of task force

City of Portland, 2007

4 years what happened?

CP in contact with Health dept, which has told of changes – small level changes

Direct observed therapy – like tb nurse – similar

Flip phones with these patients with nurses taking medicines – constant reminder

Health dept spend lot more money on transportation

Police dept – parked cars – fuel bills, trash etc

How do you get dispersed staff to work in big hospital?

Trash disposal/composting

Patients and staff need to get transport

Exxon – officers flying too much

Teleconferencing videoconferencing to reduce business costs

International business dependence on transport – climate change

Hospitals and public health need immediate response to ambulance and helicopters – need urgent access to hospitals

Set up mobile clinics more nearer to larger populations

Group Discussion

Reducing transportation intensity – people living closer to work

Stockholm congestion tax – charge similar extra automobile charges

Higher tax levy

Move from longer transportation distance from work to smaller near work place

People choose home based owing to presence of good schools in area

More schools in more places so manage spread of distance commuting for community

Learn from other countries

Disaster relief centers – surge capacity building

Local level – hospital need to have fuel savings – near communities

Mixed use of property and zoning laws

Food grocery and gas station near housing including hospital

Hospital staff to live near work place – incentivize staff

Access by proximity than mobility

HOV line – more than two people

Mobile clinics like in India – lab services, bus and rail hospitals

Sequestering oil supplies in use

Rationing out oil use – based on greatest needs

Nutrition – sustainable food development

Locally grown food – urban agriculture – roof top etc

Who is doing the best - Transportation , which communities do it well ?

What can we learn - Lessons learned ?

Distribution of power/tax system

Old system existed - good transport system rail roads ex baltimore local trains

how to persuade americans to change their ways to save on costs of transport/health etc ?

what can you do or your organization do for saving up on carbon emissions?

flipping off of light, walking to store etc

facebook, community level integration and coordination

collective consciousness

flash mobs, social networking etc

individual level and organizational level new tools like social network for mass momentum

to gather legislative support and political blessing

use of modern networking, and social media to include different age groups

Increase Webinars

 

 

 

 

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