HOW TO SAVE THE CITY
A Guide for Emergency Action
Paul Chatterton is Professor of Urban Futures in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. He has been a campaigner on social, ecological and climate issues for 25 years. His books include Low Impact Living and Unlocking Sustainable Cities.
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A call to arms, How to Save the City invites the reader to engage with the challenges of living and working in cities at a time when several conflating emergencies have become more pressing and connected. While the climate crisis is the most urgent, we also face deep social crises in housing, gender and race inequalities, the breakdown of our natural world, our energy consumption, and the deep ripples resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. These emergencies are playing out in acute ways in urban areas. Locked in to high-energy, high-resource use, cities are responsible for about three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions, have ecological and carbon footprints far bigger than their city limits, and are the beating heart of our pro-growth, unequal, consumer-saturated way of life. The city has to change, but how and by whom? Paul Chatterton engages, inspires and empowers the reader to take action to make cities more sustainable, liveable and safer places. He guides the reader through a sequence of challenges, strategies, players, moves and practical tactics of how to save their city.
2. Our decade of transformation
3. Strategy: our approach to change
4. Players: who will do it
5. Moves: making it happen
6. It's the 2030s and we are saving the city
“This is a high-energy, thoughtful and exciting book that is certain to inspire students, activists and anybody who cares about the current climate crisis.” - Nik Heynen, Professor of Geography, University of Georgia “A fantastic handbook for anyone wanting to get into action and transform the future of their city – dive in.” - Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics “Global boiling is here! And that's just one of the crises we face. This book urges a leap into action. It casts all city dwellers as emergency responders who can (metaphorically speaking) take up a hose or carry a stretcher. Inspiring and instructive, Paul Chatterton outlines practical ways for how to save our cities. There is no time to dither and much to do. If you want to know how we can haul ourselves away from ...