Welcome to D5P - Topic 1: Healthy Living

D5P will be online from the end of February 2012, to ask people living in Dublin how they think the City should develop over the next fifteen years. Every month we will introduce a different topic that is important for sustainable development, which over time, will help build up a picture of what citizens think is important for Dublin's future.

Thinking about Healthy Living, by Dr. Donal O'Gorman, Dublin City University

In this blog entry I want to talk about Healthy Living. I use the term healthy living as I am talking about health in terms of a whole life view. This means talking about health in terms of prevention; the type of things that we can do on a daily basis and local government could possibly do, to assist us live healthier lives. This is different from the health care system, which we tend to engage with only when absolutley necessary.

On Your Bike - the upcoming deliberation on Cycling in Dublin, by Ciarán Cuffe, Lecturer in Planning at the DIT

17th April, 2012

Had a good meeting with Mayor Andrew Montague and the Dublin Fifth Province team this afternoon. We were brainstorming on the issue of cycling, and how to build on the success of the Dublin Bikes, the Cycle to Work Scheme and other initiatives that have led to a rise in cycling in recent years.

Here's my own suggestions:

Children and Healthy Cities by Jackie Bourke, Playtime

When it comes to children, health and the city are not often associated with one another. If anything, cities are thought of as unhealthy places where children in particular suffer the ill-effects of pollution, crime and traffic.

A personal note on cycling in Dublin City by Mark Bennett, Dublin City Council Green Business Officer

As a child, I realised that cycling gave me more independence than any other mode of transport. Before I could drive, it meant no waiting on a lift from parents, or on the side of the road for a bus. And once I could drive, cycling trumped that too, no maintenance costs (save for repairing punctures), no parking issues and no, or perhaps just less, peer pressure about makes and models. My Raleigh Grifter was my trusty, and latterly rusty, partner through school years and it was only retired when the likes of Sean Kelly introduced the allure of racing bicycles!

Culture, Creativity and Sustainable Development, by Andrew Moore, Senior Researcher, D5P

Culture and creativity are not discrete subjects, but touch on many aspects of our everyday lives. What is most interesting, however, is the manner in which culture and creativity relate to many important aspects of sustainable development. Before briefly examining this, first let me define what we mean in this context by culture and creativity.

There are many studies and debates about what the term culture means. Raymond Williams, a Welsh academic, said that there are four definitions of culture: