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Urban Meltdown: Cities, Climate Change and Politics-as-Usual Paperback – May 1, 2007
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The cities we live in today, he notes, are drastically different from those of even our recent past. Once cities were places of close interaction - houses, shops, markets, and local governance. In old empires, such as Rome, cities didn't adapt to changing environments. Yet, there was the appeal of the city that brought those who wished to enjoy their benefits. Pressures led to conflict and fixed thinking in the cities led to their demise - although new ones arose in other places. Today, our cities are extended masses of humanity, linked tenuously by that amazing phenomenon, the automobile. Cars, and their offspring trucks, created an entirely new form of urban structure. The urban economy - including food - has come to rely on "Just-in-time" transport where products are delivered for use and inventory is minimal. This practice, plus the individual commuter and the amalgamation of small farms into "agribiz", has flooded the countryside with vehicles. Cities, as a result, contribute 80% of North America's aerial pollution.Read more ›
In this book, I was also interested in what Mr. Doucet said about how North America's aboriginal socieites have traditionally differed from European ones. According to Mr. Doucet, North America's aboriginal societies have traditionally been cooperative ones, while European societies have traditionally been competitive ones, and that North Americans from European backgrounds need to make our society become cooperative like the traditional ones of North America's aboriginal people in order to save the planet. I am not from an aboriginal background myself (I am from Welsh and Scottish backgrounds), but I agree with Mr. Doucet that those of us who are from European backgrounds have something to learn from traditional aboriginal societies.
Diane C. Donovan