By Edu Lopez
Filipino filmmaker James Tad Patrick Bardon has won the People?s Choice Award in the youth transport video competition sponsored by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Bardon won the contest based on social media ?likes? for his piece titled ?The Case of Kitazaki?.
Based in Japan, Bardon?s film showcased the difficulties of connectivity in a remote, rural town and called for public transport as an alternative to more cars on the road.
Tyrrell Duncan, ADB technical advisor for transport, said Bardon showed a deep and impressive understanding of the broad issues related to transport today and the need to make future transport accessible to everyone, affordable, efficient, sustainable, safe, and environmentally friendly.
?Clearly, it is time to change the ways we choose to get to destinations near and far,? said Duncan.
The ADB competition, ?Are We There Yet? Our Journey to a Sustainable Future,? held between May 16 to August 19 was open to people aged between 18 and 25 years old.
It aimed to prompt young people to consider the best way of tackling the issue of rising car use, traffic jams, air pollution, and other problems related to current modes of transport.
Meanwhile, Sarath Kuttikkatuparambil Thilakan won the ADB Judges? Choice Award for a video titled ?Mumbai Promise? that examined transport issues such as congestion, noise, and air pollution in the Indian city of Mumbai.
Duncan noted that these problems would only worsen with rising migration to cities unless planners take a sustainable approach including public transport.
Currently, transport is the second largest source of most carbon dioxide emissions around the world and city streets are becoming increasingly crowded and dangerous with an average 120,000 people per day migrating to Asia?s towns and cities.