Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis
Published: September 2020© 2020
Imprint: Aevo UTP
Page Count: 208 Pages
Illustrations: 14 figures
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
208 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 14 figures
Ebook - ePub
If our planet is going to survive the climate crisis, we need to act rapidly.
Taking cues from progressive cities around the world, including Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Oslo, Shenzhen, and Sydney, this book is a summons to every city to make small but significant changes that can drastically reduce our carbon footprint. We cannot wait for national governments to agree on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and manage the average temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees. In Solved, David Miller argues that cities are taking action on climate change because they can – and because they must. Miller makes a clear-eyed and compelling case that, if replicated at pace and scale, the actions of leading global cities point the way to creating a more sustainable planet.
Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis demonstrates that the initiatives cities have taken to control the climate crisis can make a real difference in reducing global emissions if implemented worldwide. By chronicling the stories of how cities have taken action to meet and exceed emissions targets laid out in the Paris Agreement, Miller empowers readers to fix the climate crisis. As much a "how to" guide for policymakers as a work for concerned citizens, Solved aims to inspire hope through its clear and factual analysis of what can be done – now, today – to mitigate our harmful emissions and pave the way to a 1.5-degree world.
2. Energy and Electricity
3. Existing Buildings
4. New Buildings
5. Public Transportation
6. Personal and Other Transportation
"If you are feeling discouraged about how little is being done to combat climate change, David Miller’s new book is a real cheer-me-upper."John Sewell, TRNTO.com
"David Miller offers insights on everything from city planning to greening public transportation and dealing with waste products. Though Solved focuses on cities, it can certainly inspire citizens to start their own climate initiatives in smaller communities."Green Teacher
"Solved is a laudable attempt to show the power of local government and the pivotal role cities can play in protecting the environment. The power of place is rightly emphasized as a key tool in the fight for environmental preservation."Andrew Barnfield, University of Bristol, Eurasian Geography and Economics
"An easy read, this book will encourage more cities to create implementable emission reduction plans, and all who are city residents to participate. Highly recommended."L.B. Allsopp, Arizona State University, CHOICE
"Across seven brisk chapters, Miller takes the reader on a Contiki tour of cities around the world and the incredible things that they are doing on the ground while their national governments dither and their national leaders pose earnestly with Greta Thunberg (or troll her)."Donald Wright, University of New Brunswick, Literary Review of Canada
"Miller’s book is a very positive perspective on the role of cities reacting to climate changes and reducing carbon emissions."Richard Smardon, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
"Cities are the primary habitat of our species and therefore must be the focus for reducing the risks of climate change, species extinction, toxic pollution, and so on. David Miller knows firsthand, as former mayor of Canada’s largest city, the political and economic constraints and opportunities in meeting the social and ecological path to sustainability. Seen through the lenses of ecology, economics, and social justice, this book offers a wise, practical, and essential path to genuine balance with the natural world on which we remain dependent."David Suzuki, Environmental Activist
"The climate crisis isn’t up for debate in our cities – we see the devastating effects and we are first in line with dynamic solutions that protect our environment, stimulate our economy, and inject equity into everything we do. From the Global Green New Deal to our coalitions with business, labor, civil society, scientists, and young people, mayors aren’t waiting for anyone else to lead. We are acting to preserve our planet and build a sustainable future for everyone living on it."Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
"Reading this treasure trove of climate solutions, I kept thinking, ‘what works in practice should work in theory.’ We are so bogged down by nay-sayers, inertia, and fossil fuel propaganda that transformative climate action in cities is being ignored. Thanks to David Miller for pulling together success stories from all around the world. The climate crisis is solved."Elizabeth May, Former Leader of the Green Party of Canada
"At last, some good news about the future! After decades of bad news about the dangers of climate change, David Miller delivers the positive news of how cities are taking the lead to become energy efficient, low carbon emitters, and shows that they are doing it without breaking the economy. This practical guide to cities of the future is a must-read for anyone who wants to take the right steps to avert a climate calamity."Bob McDonald, Host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks
"The fight against climate change cannot wait any longer. We have no choice but to succeed. Fortunately, we know what to do and we are ready to act. We are borrowing this planet from our children. Let us make sure we return it to them in sound condition."Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal
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