Urban Meltdown

Cities, Climate Change and

Politics as Usual CLIVE DOliCET

Advance Praise for

Urban Meltdown

You'd better believe we will have to rethink the way our cities work as the West enters a new age of energy scarcity. We have to get serious about making other arrangements — for getting around, for manufacturing and trade, and even growing our food. Clive Doucet has been at the center of this issue as an activist, an elected official, and an author. Urban Meltdown is both an astute diagnosis of the problem and a visionary agenda for correcting things.

—James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency

I know I'm going to enjoy reading it and learning from it. Every now and then I've been dipping into it unsystematically, and find it hard to put down.

— The late Dr. Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities and Dark Age Ahead, in a letter to the author, 2005

Why are our cities so miserably prepared for the impending post-petroleum future, and what can we do about it? If you want answers informed by experience, look no further. Clive Doucet is the kind of local politician the world desperately needs an abundance of: he's realistic, forthright, courageous, aware — and a damned good writer to boot.

— Richard Heinberg, author of The Party's Over, Powerdown and The Oil Depletion Protocol, and Research Fellow, Post Carbon Institute

Through Clive Doucet's poetically inspired kaleidoscope we get a clear picture of how our cities have rapidly and increasingly come under ecological seige and why politics as usual will not get us out of this mess.

— Tony Clarke, author of Inside the Bottle and co-author of Blue Gold

Clive Doucet writes powerfully — from the head and heart. In Urban Meltdown, he shows clearly and convincingly that climate change is not only the great global challenge of our generation but that it is also a local concern. He draws connections between the city and planet in a way that make us realize we cannot evade our responsibilities as citizens and, more importantly, as members of the human family.

—John Crump, Polar Programme, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, Norway and Ottawa

Global warming is the issue of our time. Perhaps of all time. Clive Doucet has been on the front line of the struggle to understand the consequences of not governing accordingly. I highly recommend this book.

— David Miller, mayor, City of Toronto

Poetic, insightful, and filled with hope, this book will open your mind, change your life, and liberate your soul. Urban Meltdown offers a new and valuable perspective on the world's most important issue — climate change — from an informed, practical, and passionate voice, Clive Doucet.

— Douglas E. Morris, author of It's a Sprawl World After All

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