Morten Kabell and political priorities

Morten Kabell’s vision is to transform Copenhagen into a greener city with a higher level of livability.

Morten was born in Copenhagen in 1970 and now lives at the city district Christianshavn. 

Morten Kabell’s vision is to transform Copenhagen into a greener city with a higher level of livability. His political focus is changing the traffic in Copenhagen so more people will use bicycles and public transportation.

Half of the residents of Copenhagen who work in the city today use their bicycle to get to work or education. Not because they are specifically eco-friendly or sporty, but because it’s the fastest way to get around in the city, and it is more convenient. More than one third of all trips to work or education in Copenhagen are on a bicycle.

Morten Kabell is focused on expanding the bicycle network by building new bicycle lanes next to, but separated from the car lanes. He also wishes to broaden more bicycle lanes that are affected by bicycle traffic jam in the morning and afternoon. He also wants to increase the mobility for pedestrians, and passengers of public transport. All in order to create good alternative for motorist so they will leave their car at home.

This move onto green mobility will heighten the liveability in Copenhagen like it would in other large cities because it will give the residents less polluted air, better health and efficient infrastructure. The last three years the Copenhagen City Hall has invested more than 52 million Euros in urban cycling.

Less space used for cars – lanes, parking – will also leave room for new small green parks, larger pavements with room for cafe tables, and better conditions for pedestrians. All benefit for the city livability.

Morten Kabell also believes that Copenhagen has a responsibility regarding the world’s climate situation. Large cities in the world are responsible for a large vast of the CO2 emissions in the world. Morten Kabell is very focused on international corporation and networking between cities in order to inspire each other and show how to implement roadmaps towards ambitious climate goals. For example Copenhagen has a solid climate plan leading the city to become the first carbon neutral capital in the world by 2025. 

Together with focusing on decreasing the CO2 emission, Copenhagen is also focused on the climate change already affecting the city. In 2011 Copenhagen was hit by a massive cloudburst statistically called “a 1000 year cloudburst”. And in October and December 2013 Copenhagen was hit by the worst storm for many years and afterwoods flooding. The sea around Copenhagen rose to the highest level in 100 years.

Troubling enough however, neither heavy cloudbursts nor flooding will hit cities like Copenhagen only every 1000nd or 100d year in the future. They will hit more often. Therefore Copenhagen has now adopted one of the world most ambitious climate adaption plans and cloudburst management plan. In 20 years every districts of Copenhagen will be safe for cloudbursts, and the city will be protected against flooding.

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Morten Kabell (born 1970) has a background as a teacher in Copenhagen schools as well as being party secretary for the Red-Green Alliance office of Copenhagen.

  • In 1996 he became member of the Red-Green Alliance.
  • In 1997 he ran for local office in Copenhagen and got elected. He was re-elected in 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013.
  • In 1997 he co-started BLUS - Copenhagen LGTBQ student’s network - and was engaged there for several years.
  • Since 2006 he has been party secretary at the Red-Green Alliance office of Copenhagen.
  • Since 2006 he has been the Red-Green Alliance spokesman in Copenhagen on traffic, climate and urban planning.
  • In 2012 he became member of the Congestion Commission.
  • In 2014 he became Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs of Copenhagen.
  • In 2015 he became board member of CPH City & Port Development

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