Stopping global warming is not about better planning, it’s about politics
Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual
In 1950, only thirty percent of the worlds population lived in cities. By 2007, the planets population has now doubled and today, as many people live in cities as populated the entire planet in 1950. Eighty percent of the planets 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 insiders 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 authors 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, and
• the cautionary tale of how the 1960s tried to take us down a different route but failed, not for lack of leadership but because the system did not 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.
Hi Clive. I know of no other way to contact you, so here goes. A colleague and I are working on putting together an anthology of contemporary Atlantic Canadian writing that in one way or another engages religion. We were thinking of using one of your stories in The Priest’s Boy. Wondering if you might be interested in being included. I can give you more details if you would like to respond. Thanks – Mark Harris
Mark, I’ve written directly to you, but in case you haven’t received it. Yes, of course, I’d be delighted to see one of the The Priest’s Boys stories reappear. best wishes, Clive Doucet
Just discovered your blog. I read your book Urban Meltdown about 4 years ago. It was amazing I wish I would have had it when I served on town council. I honestly think it should be mandatory reading for all elected officials across the country. I just wanted to say thank you!
I am working to let people know that the City is about to re-set it’s greenhouse gas reduction targets. More info here.
I know you feel strongly on the issue and also that many people are attentive to what you have to say so I wanted to bring it to your attention in hopes that the information reaches a wider audience.
Whatever the outcome, thanks for considering this.
PS good to hear you on the radio this AM
Dear Mr. Doucet,
I have found your books a special pleasure since I discovered them this summer. You have a rare gift of combining lyricism and brevity. It adds to the distinctness of your authorial voice, and the power of your writing. These things make your blog compelling as well.
It seems to me that other authors would have taken hundreds of pages to do what you did so concisely in ‘Before Star Wars’ or ‘Lost and Found in Acadia.’
I started looking into Acadian literature hoping to better understand Canadian multi-culturalism. I’m from Buffalo NY, my wife from outside Quebec City. Of all the assorted Canadian literature I’ve read, yours is some of the most open and engaging.
Next week I will visit Ottawa for the first time for the ACSUS conference. I’m hoping I can get a copy of ‘Canal Seasons’ while we are on the canal.
Thanks for giving me so much reading pleasure.
Hi Clive! My daughter is in Grade 12 and reading your book. We are doing the work together and enjoying the story, although she says to tell you your chapters are a BIT long. Anyway, it is interesting for us since we moved to the Maritimes 2.5 years ago from the city in BC and can relate to some of what you have written. Good work, thanks!
Clive just began Notes from Exile, great read and reflects many of myown concerns. BUT it was the Jerusalem chapter that got to me because I grew up in Shepherds Bush after the war, my dad was an oarsman and I started going to Fulham FC in the early 50s. My memoir, “Rougin’ it in the Bush” was published by Mosaic Press in 2014. If you want a copy (gratis) please send me a reply. Presently working on TRC with Indigenous Centre@Sheridan College, Oakville.
Take care Mike