Environmental experts will converge on Austin for SXSW Eco, Oct. 7-9

SXSW Eco will host its third annual conference Oct. 7-9, which is expected to draw more than 3,000 attendees to see speakers on green power, energy efficiency, urban gardens, sustainable design, climate change mitigation, bike trails, mass transit, organic agriculture and nature conservation, to name a fraction of what will be featured at this green showcase at the Austin Convention Center. The public is invited to attend.

Lester Brown: Reclaiming the Streets

strong>By Lester R. Brown

Lester Brown

Lester Brown founded the Earth Policy Institute and Worldwatch Institute

Cars promise mobility, and in a largely rural setting they provide it. But in an urbanizing world, where more than half of us live in cities, there is an inherent conflict between the automobile and the city. After a point, as their numbers multiply, automobiles provide not mobility but immobility, as well as increased air pollution and the health problems that come with it. Urban transport systems based on a combination of rail lines, bus lines, bicycle pathways, and pedestrian walkways offer the best of all possible worlds in providing mobility, low-cost transportation, and a healthy urban environment.