Andrew Ross's Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World's Least Sustainable PDF

By Andrew Ross

Phoenix, Arizona is one in every of America's quickest growing to be metropolitan areas. it's also its least sustainable one, sprawling over one thousand sq. miles, with a inhabitants of 4 and a part million, minimum rainfall, hot warmth, and an insatiable urge for food for unrestrained progress and unrestricted estate rights.

In Bird on Fire, eminent social and cultural analyst Andrew Ross specializes in the customers for sustainability in Phoenix--a urban within the bull's eye of world warming--and additionally the hindrances that stand within the approach. such a lot authors writing on sustainable towns examine locations that experience first-class public transit platforms and comparatively excessive density, comparable to Portland, Seattle, or ny. yet Ross contends that if we will not switch the sport in fast-growing, low-density towns like Phoenix, the entire circulate has a massive challenge. Drawing on interviews with 2 hundred influential residents--from nation legislators, city planners, builders, and eco-friendly company advocates to civil rights champions, strength lobbyists, sun marketers, and neighborhood activists--Ross argues that if Phoenix is ever to turn into sustainable, it is going to take place extra via political and social switch than via technological fixes. Ross explains how Arizona's more and more xenophobic immigration legislation, science-denying legislature, and growth-at-all-costs company ethic have perpetuated social injustice and environmental degradation. yet he additionally highlights the confident adjustments taking place in Phoenix, specifically the Gila River Indian Community's profitable fight to win again its water rights, almost certainly transferring assets clear of new housing advancements to generating fit neighborhood meals for the folks of the Phoenix Basin. Ross argues that this victory may well function a brand new version for a way eco-friendly democracy can paintings, redressing the claims of these who've been aggrieved in a fashion that creates long term merits for all.

Bird on Fire deals a compelling tackle one of many urgent problems with our time--finding pathways to sustainability at a time whilst governments are dismally failing of their accountability to handle weather change.

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