If our planet is going to survive the climate crisis, we need to act rapidly.
Taking cues from progressive cities around the world, including Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Oslo, Shenzhen, and Sydney, this book is a summons to every city to make small but significant changes that can drastically reduce our carbon footprint. We cannot wait for national governments to agree on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and manage the average temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees. In Solved, David Miller argues that cities are taking action on climate change because they can – and because they must. Miller makes a clear-eyed and compelling case that, if replicated at pace and scale, the actions of leading global cities point the way to creating a more sustainable planet.
Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis demonstrates that the initiatives cities have taken to control the climate crisis can make a real difference in reducing global emissions if implemented worldwide. By chronicling the stories of how cities have taken action to meet and exceed emissions targets laid out in the Paris Agreement, Miller empowers readers to fix the climate crisis. As much a "how to" guide for policymakers as a work for concerned citizens, Solved aims to inspire hope through its clear and factual analysis of what can be done – now, today – to mitigate our harmful emissions and pave the way to a 1.5-degree world.
"Cities are the primary habitat of our species and therefore must be the focus for reducing the risks of climate change, species extinction, toxic pollution, and so on. David Miller knows firsthand, as former mayor of Canada’s largest city, the political and economic constraints and opportunities in meeting the social and ecological path to sustainability. Seen through the lenses of ecology, economics, and social justice, this book offers a wise, practical, and essential path to genuine balance with the natural world on which we remain dependent."
— David Suzuki, Environmental Activist
"The climate crisis isn’t up for debate in our cities – we see the devastating effects and we are first in line with dynamic solutions that protect our environment, stimulate our economy, and inject equity into everything we do. From the Global Green New Deal to our coalitions with business, labor, civil society, scientists, and young people, mayors aren’t waiting for anyone else to lead. We are acting to preserve our planet and build a sustainable future for everyone living on it."
— Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
"Reading this treasure trove of climate solutions, I kept thinking, ‘what works in practice should work in theory.’ We are so bogged down by nay-sayers, inertia, and fossil fuel propaganda that transformative climate action in cities is being ignored. Thanks to David Miller for pulling together success stories from all around the world. The climate crisis is solved."
— Elizabeth May, Former Leader of the Green Party of Canada
"At last, some good news about the future! After decades of bad news about the dangers of climate change, David Miller delivers the positive news of how cities are taking the lead to become energy efficient, low carbon emitters, and shows that they are doing it without breaking the economy. This practical guide to cities of the future is a must-read for anyone who wants to take the right steps to avert a climate calamity."
— Bob McDonald, Host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks
"The fight against climate change cannot wait any longer. We have no choice but to succeed. Fortunately, we know what to do and we are ready to act. We are borrowing this planet from our children. Let us make sure we return it to them in sound condition."
— Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal
About the Author:
David Miller is the Director of International Diplomacy and Global Ambassador of Inclusive Climate Action at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. He is responsible for supporting nearly 100 mayors of the world’s largest cities in their climate leadership and building a global movement for socially equitable action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. He served as Chair of C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010. Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength, and social integration. He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability. Miller has held a variety of public and private positions and served as Future of Cities Global Fellow at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University from 2011 to 2014. Miller is a Harvard-trained economist and professionally a lawyer.