How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis
Foreword by:Bill McKibben
University of Toronto Press
David Millerpresents a compelling case that significant progress can be made at the local level by duplicating the actions of nine leading cities around the world.
David Miller is the Director of International Diplomacy and Global Ambassador of Inclusive Climate Action at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, where he is responsible for supporting nearly 100 mayors of the world’s largest cities in their climate leadership and building a global movement for socially equitable action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. During his two terms as Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010, the city became internationally known for its environmental initiatives, economic strength, and social integration. Miller is a Harvard-trained economist and professionally a lawyer.
Bob McDonald, Host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks:
"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."
Elizabeth May, Former Leader of the Green Party of Canada:
"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."
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles:
"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."
David Suzuki, Environmental Activist:
"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."