The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report says that urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to limit global warming to 1.5C.

Zak Bond, Public Affairs and Policy Coordinator at Living Streets comments:

"The way we get around our towns and cities is having a serious impact on the world’s climate. Today’s (8 October) IPCC report has shown that urgent action needs to be taken to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5C. We must consider how root and branch changes to our transport system can help society reach this goal.   

"We must re-imagine our streets as so much more than corridors for traffic. They are the public spaces in which we play out our everyday lives.

"We need to reduce the volume of traffic by encouraging and facilitating active travel and more efficient longer journeys by public transport. National governments and local authorities should do more to invest in safe walking routes, cycling infrastructure, and public transport.

"Mayors and councillors should embrace the recommendations in Living Streets’ Creating Walking Cities – A Blueprint for Change. By following our action plan they can help tackle climate change by creating spaces where every child can walk safely to school and communities have quality spaces to thrive.

"People across the UK can help to create Walking Cities by joining or starting a local Living Streets group. By joining forces with other people in your area you can become an effective voice for change.

"The creation of walking cities is a double-edged solution. By tackling motor vehicle dominance and encouraging a move towards active and sustainable travel, we can reduce CO2 emissions and make a positive contribution to the climate change challenge. Simultaneously we can ensure that our cities and towns are transformed into places where people enjoy living healthy and active lives."