In a climate crisis thinking about roads – Glenn Lyons
On Wednesday 20 July 2022 I travelled to an event to discuss roads and future investment in them. I was one of the invited speakers. Luckily I was late preparing my slides and only finished the day before. The news coverage for the preceding 48 hours more or less did the job of my presentation for me, as you’ll see.
Just Stop Oil protestors forcing sections of the M25 to close on the day. Record breaking temperatures the day before. The stage was set for my presentation.
It can be challenging to know your audience but my job was to situate road transport and future investment in the context of climate change. I took an early straw poll in the room – how many answered ‘yes’ to the title question? Most if not all in the room. Phew. But am I now the mad guy trying to remind people the house is on fire, or will I be well-received with open, concerned minds? That I can’t share here. But let’s press on with what I had to say.