Armsfree: How about investment in solar panels in rural areas, with electricity generated going to power electric vehicles? Plus cheaper and better access to healthcare and education?
Joydeep: So good governance is a prerequisite to reducing fossil fuel subsidies effectively?
Shelagh: I agree completely. Making clear to the public exactly what is going where surely would make some difference
Tan: Do you see any mobility solutions in rural areas?
Carlo: Yes, clear information I think is key in all of this. If people can see clearly what is going on, it helps them make better decisions
Temi: Glad the debate is useful for you!
Actually, Temi's point is a particularly good one: People want their voices heard, somehow. Maybe just giving people a chance to talk first, before the subsidies are cut, and genuinely taking their ideas into account would be a first step. I assume that's going on some places, right?
Joydeep: Maybe part of the solution is journalists doing a better job of turning reports full of jargon into something people can genuinely understand
Globalsubsidies: Sounds like Malaysia got it right
Temi: We run debates on various subjects around climate change every month or two....
GSI: I suppose what we really need is marches in the streets against fossil fuel subsidies, not just riots in the streets when they're removed
Joydeep: We'll aim to write up a summary of this as a blog after the event, and will try to get links in there