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Cross-thinking about Sustainability is a series of debates organised by IT-IHDP together with KSI, Felix Meritis and Trouw. This debate is about hypermobility with Prof. John Adams (lecturer in geography at the University College in London, UK).
Strategies for sustainable development in the area of mobility tend to focus on technological innovation to achieve less polluting cars, airplanes and other means to supply the mobility we need. The current Dutch government has explicitly rejected strategies that influence the demand for mobility, assuming that this not socially viable. Is that right? Will technological improvement of current means of transportation suffice? Or is our fate to live in hyper-mobile societies regardless of our actions? What challenges does hypermobility pose for governance? Is there space for sustainability? Prof. John Adams discussed these questions by analysing nature and origins of what he calls our hypermobile society, followed by a public debate.