Decarbonizing Transportation Must Come with People-Powered Mobility Justice
In this article, Mimi Sheller, the Dean of The Global School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, discusses the challenges and inequalities in achieving sustainable mobility in the United States. While there have been promising developments in promoting sustainable transportation, such as ride-hailing services, micromobility systems, and electric vehicles, these advancements have not been accessible to all communities. The author emphasizes the importance of mobility justice, an approach grounded in equity and social awareness, to ensure that mobility systems are designed with the input and needs of marginalized groups. The article calls for a transformative mobility future that prioritizes people-powered solutions, addresses urban gentrification, rural disparities, and reduces reliance on fossil fuels, with a focus on transit equity and environmental protection.