Climate of hope How cities, businesses, and citizens can save the planet

Michael Bloomberg

Book - 2017

"The 2016 election left many people who are concerned about the environment fearful that progress on climate change would come screeching to a halt. But not Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope. Bloomberg, an entrepreneur and former mayor of New York City, and Pope, a lifelong environmental leader, approach climate change from different perspectives, yet they arrive at similar conclusions. Without agreeing on every point, they share a belief that cities, businesses, and citizens can lead--and wi...n--the battle against climate change, no matter which way the political winds in Washington may shift. In Climate of Hope, Bloomberg and Pope offer an optimistic look at the challenge of climate change, the solutions they believe hold the greatest promise, and the practical steps that are necessary to achieve them. Writing from their own experiences, and sharing their own stories from government, business, and advocacy, Bloomberg and Pope provide a road map for tackling the most complicated challenge the world has ever faced."--Jacket.

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Published
New York : St. Martin's Press [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
264 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250142078
1250142075
Main Author
Michael Bloomberg (author)
Other Authors
Carl Pope (author)
  • Part I: Coming to climate. Going after Goliath ; PlaNYC
  • Part II: What it is and why it matters. The science ; The stakes
  • Part III: Coal to clean energy. Coal's toll ; Green power
  • Part IV: Green living. Where we live ; How we eat
  • Part V: Travel directions. Cities take the wheel ; Oil's twilight
  • Part VI: Cool capitalism. What we make ; How we invest
  • Part VII: Adapting to change. A resilient world ; New normal
  • Conclusion. The way forward.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Two seasoned experts with very different backgrounds present a practical and encouraging guide to combating global warming. Bloomberg began grappling with the realities of climate change as mayor of New York, then served as the U.N.'s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. As the former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club, Pope has long been dedicated to environmental concerns. The two initially joined forces in a campaign to wean the U.S. from its reliance on coal, the most damaging source of climate pollution. Here, in alternating, equally eye-opening chapters, the "unrepentant capitalist" and the environmentalist quantify the consequences of burning fossil fuels, elucidate the benefits of clean energy, and explain why and how renewables are generating jobs and economic growth at ever-higher rates. Bloomberg and Pope frankly state that progress on climate change will advance not in Washington, but rather in cities and the business world because mayors and CEOs know that a stable environment is essential for both public health and prosperity. Upbeat, pragmatic, eloquent, and supremely well-informed, Bloomberg and Pope present striking statistics, cogently describe diverse examples of energy reforms and innovations across the U.S. and around the world, and make clear on both personal and social levels why a low-carbon future is possible, necessary, and of great benefit to everyone. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A robust print run and an extensive, multiplatform publicity campaign, including numerous author appearances, will generate avid interest in this timely treatise. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Bloomberg, former New York City mayor, and Pope, former chairman of the Sierra Club, offer a pragmatic take on climate change focused not on landscapes or endangered species but on the economy. They aim to take the campaign for environmental change out of Washington and put it in the hands of businesses, consumers, and local governments. Through their own experiences, such as Bloomberg's closing areas of Times Square to cars and Pope's work shutting down inefficient coal plants, the authors demonstrate how cities and individual organizations can make an impact. An analysis of agriculture, manufacturing, energy, construction, and transportation illustrates that resource-efficient practices benefit individual companies, related industries, and the larger economy. Singular efforts, such as replanting mangrove forests, reap multiple benefits in reducing carbon in the atmosphere, protecting valuable coastal property from hurricanes and erosion, and increasing the catch for local fishermen. Bloomberg and Pope enthusiastically share their own successes making innovative change and celebrate projects around the globe. Their optimistic premise—that people don't have to choose between the environment and the economy—will appeal to a wide audience. VERDICT A valuable book on a hot topic that should circulate well; for most public, high school, and academic libraries.—Catherine Lantz, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Lib. Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The former New York City Mayor and the former Sierra Club head present a manifesto on how the benefits of taking action on climate change can be real, immediate and significant, sharing disparate perspectives on related issues while explaining how cities, businesses and everyday people can make positive changes regardless of Washington politics.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The former mayor of New York City and the former Sierra Club head present a manifesto on how the benefits of taking action on climate change can be real, immediate, and significant, explaining how cities, businesses, and individuals can make positive changes.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"In 2006, the documentary An Inconvenient Truth set off a heated political debate when it threatened that inaction on climate change would lead to a dark and frightening future by 2016. Well, that ten year window has closed--and we have neither resolved the threats to our climate, nor gone past the point of no return. To Mayor Bloomberg and Carl Pope, it's clear that to treat climate change as either a lost cause or a non-issue is the wrong approach. Global leaders are stymied by the enormity of the doom-and-gloom scenarios. So what happens when you tell leaders that they can definitely--right now, this year--reduce the number of children who have asthma attacks, save thousands of Americans from dying of respiratory disease, cut energy bills, increase the security of our energy supply, make it easier for everyone to get around town, increase the number of jobs in their community--all while increasing the long-term stability of the global climate? That is actionable. That future is within our grasp. The changing climate should be seen as a series of discreet, manageable problems that should be attacked from all angles, each with a solution that can make our society healthier and our economy stronger. In these times, when it's less and less clear if the federal government will be willing to tackle climate change, Bloomberg and Pope lay out a powerfully persuasive argument about how cities can play an outsize role in fighting and reversing the dangerous effects of a warming planet. Together they lay out theeconomic and personal health reasons for businesses and individual citizens to support climate change action plans"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former head of the Sierra Club Carl Pope comes a manifesto on how the benefits of taking action on climate change are concrete, immediate, and immense. They explore climate change solutions that will make the world healthier and more prosperous, aiming to begin a new type of conversation on the issue that will spur bolder action by cities, businesses, and citizens—and even, someday, by Washington."Climate of Hope is an inspiring must read." —Former Vice President Al Gore, Chairman of The Climate Reality Project“Climate change threatens to reshape the future of our world's population centers. Bloomberg and Pope have been leaders on fortifying our cities against this threat, and their book proves that victory is possible—and imperative.” —Leonardo DiCaprio"If Trump is looking for a blueprint, he could not do better than to read a smart new book, Climate of Hope." —Thomas Friedman in The New York Times~The 2016 election left many people who are concerned about the environment fearful that progress on climate change would come screeching to a halt. But not Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope. Bloomberg, an entrepreneur and former mayor of New York City, and Pope, a lifelong environmental leader, approach climate change from different perspectives, yet they arrive at similar conclusions. Without agreeing on every point, they share a belief that cities, businesses, and citizens can lead—and win—the battle against climate change, no matter which way the political winds in Washington may shift. In Climate of Hope, Bloomberg and Pope offer an optimistic look at the challenge of climate change, the solutions they believe hold the greatest promise, and the practical steps that are necessary to achieve them. Writing from their own experiences, and sharing their own stories from government, business, and advocacy, Bloomberg and Pope provide a road map for tackling the most complicated challenge the world has ever faced. Along the way, they turn the usual way of thinking about climate change on its head: from top down to bottom up, from partisan to pragmatic, from costs to benefits, from tomorrow to today, and from fear to hope.