Clive Doucet talks about urban issues, climate change, politics, man's inhumanity to man and world social reform.
In 1950, only thirty percent of the world's population lived in cities. By 2007, the planet's population has now doubled and today, as many people live in cities as populated the entire planet in 1950. Eighty percent of the planet's greenhouse gases are created by these energy-intensive urban centers. Thus, the key to creating climate change solutions resides with cities.
Author and Ottawa city councillor Clive Doucet provides a razor-sharp insider's perspective, stating his central theme: "It's not about planning. It's about politics." Climate change is proceeding so quickly not for lack of knowledge, but because politicians who deviate from the car-based sprawl model cannot get elected.
Urban Meltdown describes how we got here, why we got here, and what can be done about it, as evidenced by the author's observations that:
Urban Meltdown reveals, castigates and inspires. This is an important book for anyone who cares about thinking differently, acting differently and making a difference.
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