Urban Meltdown: Cities, Climate Change and Politics-as-Usual [NOOK Book]

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In 1950, only 30 percent of the world’s population lived in cities. By 2007, the planet’s population has 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 councilor Clive Doucet provides a razor-sharp insider’s perspective, stating his central ...

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Overview


In 1950, only 30 percent of the world’s population lived in cities. By 2007, the planet’s population has 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 councilor 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:

• Economic growth has no built-in environmental accountability.
• Until the political thinking about growth and the progress model itself is changed, our environmental concerns will never be properly addressed.
• We need a new governance paradigm at all three levels.
• The cautionary tale of how the 1960s tried to take us down a different route failed, not for lack of leadership but because the system didn’t permit it.

Urban Meltdown reveals, castigates, and inspires. This is an important book for anyone who cares about thinking differently, acting differently, and making a difference.

Clive Doucet is an urban activist, well-known journalist, best-selling author, and the first poet ever elected to Ottawa City Council.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550923476
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 459 KB

Meet the Author


Clive Doucet is a City Councillor in Ottawa. Previously a federal pubic servant, he was Manager of Communications for the Canadian Housing and Mortgage Corporation's Demonstration Group Projects. A lifelong city activist, he is also a poet and writer with numerous books, articles and awards to his credit.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Prologue     xi
A Poet Goes to City Hall     1
Global Cities and Horse and Buggy Nations     3
Neighborhoods to Love     11
The Barbell Society and Just-in-Time Delivery     25
From Mont Tremblant to Ski Tremblant     37
Along Bayswater Street     43
Urban Villages     47
It ain't Planning. It's Politics     57
Citizenship versus Faithship     65
The Idea of Progress and Why We Got it Wrong     71
The Mayor of Hiroshima and Intimations of God     73
The Idea of Progress and the First Nations     79
Biological and Social Phase Transitions     89
Cod, Government and the Transpiration Cycle     99
Care of the Soul/Care of the City/Care for the Planet     105
1984-2004: Poets and Visions     111
Cape Breton Beaches and the Gulf of Mexico     117
Trying to Create a New Order of Things     121
The Rise of Cities and Decline of the Planet     123
689 Spadina and Coming of Age in Toronto     143
The 1960s: A global paradigm shift that never happened and how the same pattern is repeating itself     161
The World Social Forum II and Trying toChange Things     183
The World Social Forum III and Failing to Change Things     189
Saving the World with Stephen Lewis?     195
The Bush Bubble Comes to Ottawa     203
Jean de La Fontaine     207
Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual     215
Epilogue     233
Endnotes     239
Bibliography     243
Index     246
About the Author     251
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