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The fight over flight: what's the problem with travel?

Should addressing climate change take precedence over faster, cheaper, better transport? Speaker: Peter Smith, St Mary's University College

The next Institute of Ideas Current Affairs Forum (CAF) will be held on Sunday 8 February at 2.30pm in the upstairs room of The Ship Tavern, Holborn: http://www.theshiptavern.co.uk/index.html

Peter Smith, Director of Tourism, St Mary's University College, will introduce ‘The fight over flight: what's the problem with travel?’

Recent months have seen demonstrations by anti-flying groups opposed to the building of a third runway at Heathrow. After expansion was given the go-ahead on 15 January, further protests have been planned. Meanwhile, the rhetoric against cheap flights has been stepped up, with environmental groups attacking flying as an ‘unnecessary luxury’ that will seriously damage the planet. Despite this, government, industry and some unions have argued that further expansion is an economic necessity. But so far, few have made a case for better transport as a means to travel more freely – surely a good in its own right?

  • What’s behind the moralisation of flying – is it mere snobbery?
  • Should addressing climate change take precedence over faster, cheaper, better transport?
  • Is ‘trains not planes’ a rational solution to the problem?
  • Why is there so much resistance to development when there is widespread disgruntlement over the state of the UK’s transport infrastructure?

The Current Affairs Forum is run by students and young professionals for students and young professionals.

Entrance is free and you are welcome to invite friends but, please RSVP in advance by emailing: currentaffairs@instituteofideas.com or signing up on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=44438238965


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Date and Time:

8 February 2009 at 8:00 am


2 hours



The Ship
12 Gate Street

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