Doucet, Clive. Urban Meltdown: Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual. Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, 2007. Paperback, 251 pp.
How many poets do you know who end up sitting on a city council? Well, Clive Doucet for one. He serves as a councillor in Ottawa, and judging from this refreshingly sensible book, he is clearly an asset to the city.
In Urban Meltdown, Doucet makes his case for a new type of governance, which is based on political ideas and attitudes that move away from the obviously disastrous mainstream approach favoring endless growth without considering the environment or society. As he puts it, “we must break the political chains that bind.”
Throughout the book, I found myself nodding in consent. His insights into municipal politics, international politics, the Canada-America relationship, the corporate world, and not least the threat represented by global warming are compelling. His characterization of President Georg Bush, Jr., is astute and almost worth the price of the book.
Urban Meltdown has my undiluted vote.
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