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Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet

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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 the economic and personal health reasons for businesses and individual citizens to support climate change action plans.

272 pages, Hardcover

First published April 19, 2017

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Michael R. Bloomberg

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MICHAEL BLOOMBERG is the founder of Bloomberg LP, a Philanthropist, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, and three-term mayor of New York City. His charitable foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, employs a unique data-driven approach, often focused on cities, to its five main focus areas: public health, education, the environment, the arts, and government innovation. A passionate supporter of action on climate change, Bloomberg is involved in multiple climate efforts, including partnering with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, which aims to close half of America’s coal-powered energy production, and supporting state efforts to transition to renewable energy sources. He has served as Chair of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

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1,076 reviews711 followers
May 1, 2017
This is a book about climate change that is uncharacteristically optimistic in light of recent American political trends and the potential seriousness of the consequences. The premise of this book is that the reality of good business practices and local grassroots action will create movement toward saving the world’s climate in spite of what politicians do or say. The combination of authors, one a businessman/former mayor of NYC and the other former executive director of the Sierra Club, helps bring home the point that smart stewardship of the earth’s resources is good for everyone, environmentalist to businesses to big cities and everyone between.

The book provides a thorough review of practical advice and solutions regarding climate issues that private citizens, local communities and businesses can act on. This book encourages concerned citizens to emphasize the near term risks from climate change rather trying to scare people with horror stories about what will happen a hundred years from now. By focusing in short term steps and environmental challenges that we already face the path toward positive change will appear more practical and more likely to motivate action.

But beyond the book’s optimism there are plenty of things that are not going to get done without national and international action together with popular public consensus. Meanwhile I’m having a hard time making the book’s optimism soak into my own vision of the future. For some reason the optimism expressed brings to my mind the vision of two canaries in a cage being carried down into a deep coal mine. It’s hard to be optimistic about how long the birds (i.e. optimism) can last.

The following is a link to the transcript of an NPR interview with the two authors:

Here's a link to an excerpt from the book:
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1,735 reviews649 followers
June 21, 2018
I don’t know about you, but I have been in the moody dumps about our future of high seas, high winds and high temperatures. I needed some “hope” and so I gravitated to a book with hope in its title. Having read it, I feel better now, and can suggest that you might want to take this route as well.

Michael Bloomberg is kind of old, and you may think that he is an “old school politician” but that would be wrong. He was mayor of New York but he brings a keen business-oriented mind to new challenges. He is not giving us some “feel good pabulum” to get us to ignore the realities of our world today. And, both he and Carl Pope (who has headed the Sierra Club) have done marvelous work in explaining both the challenges and how we are moving (and can move) ahead to prevent local and global catastrophes.

Read this book! Read it for the reality-based hope that it provides. Read it for the clear, fair and balanced explanations that if offers.

I have probably said enough but I am going to share some of the essence of this book below.

“Cities are actually the key to saving the planet. One reason this urgent fact doesn’t get the attention it deserves is that cities seem so contrary to nature…Why? Because most urban residents live in apartments that are smaller than the average American home and require far less energy to heat in the winter and cool in the summer. City residents…can walk, bike or take mass transit to get to work and to get around…. The average per capita carbon footprint in New York City is two-thirds smaller than the national average.”

"Women (primarily women) without access to modern fuels spend one to five hours a day gathering fuel...too little progress is being made on providing access to clean cooking, because there is no magic technology solution like solar to drive the market into remote and poor villages... If families can afford propane, LPG or liquid ethanol the stoves that burn these fuels are affordable. Here is one place that (government investment) could prove critical, and where (marketing offsets) and other forms of carbon finance might be powerful development tools."

(I will post others shortly)
32 reviews1 follower
May 11, 2017
Remarkable. Anyone involved in climate change work has a right to be cynical, jaded, angry, and despairing, especially after Trump was elected president of the US. But this book swims strongly against that flow, and makes a case for a better future for humanity if we act decisively – and profitably – on climate change. The federal government of the US now controlled by climate change deniers and henchmen of the fossil fuel industry – the most profitable, and STILL most heavily-subsidized industry ever – is not, the argument goes, the only, or even the most significant player when it comes to implementing climate change solutions. The book is full of real-world problems that are being solved right now, as well as pointers to impediments and how those might be removed.

This is the most helpful, hopeful, practical book on climate I have read. Whereas Bill McKibben's Eaarth made me so despairing that I couldn't finish it – and don't be too comforted: our situation, thanks to decades of stalling by my generation, is dire – this book makes me want to dust myself off and get to work.

Adlai Stevenson once said, "In classical times when Cicero had finished speaking, the people said, 'How well he spoke,' but when Demosthenes had finished speaking, they said, 'Let us march.'" Bloomberg (former mayor of New York) and Pope (former president of the Sierra Club) are Demosthenes in this comparison.

You will likely disagree with some things said by one or the other authors.

For liberal environmentalists, taking hope from someone who is pro-GMO, pro-nuclear power, pro-pipeline, and who voted for George W. Bush seems unlikely, if not unpalatable, if not something akin to heretical. Yet this is the man who partnered with Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign and retired 251 dirty coal plants since 2010.

For coal miners, this sounds like the war on coal, and very bad news. Bloomberg and Pope ask you to consider yourselves, not coal miners, but energy workers, and encourage government entities to make it possible for you to leave your dying and deadly industry and be trained for other energy jobs or other work.

My intention is to go back and revisit the many parts I highlighted in this book, and offer to make it available to legislators in New Mexico who may see ways to help our failed state be both a leader in climate change action, rise from the ashes of dependence on fossil fuels, and find a way NOT to be the worst economy in the country.

Hope: it's a great catalyst.
16 reviews3 followers
November 14, 2017
Thorough and interesting read

Fascinating book on the environment and climate written by both an environmentalist and also a former Mayor.

Regardless of ones view on climate change, there are some great ideas on how local government, business and markets can better function to help reduce environmental issues.
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558 reviews26 followers
October 26, 2022
Free in exchange for an honest review (Goodreads Giveaways). Special thanks to St. Martin's Press for listing the giveaways.

Disclaimer: This book is going to take me a while because I can't read more than ten or twenty pages without losing my focus and things running together, but I wanted to write a sort of pre-review.

At first, I was not sure how Michael R. Bloomberg and Carl Pope's voices would work together. I was also somewhat skeptical about someone from Bloomberg's political background writing on climate change. However, I was fortunately proven wrong about the nature of the writing.

Although I am forced to take Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet a bit more slowly because of my concentration levels, I am definitely very keen on finishing this book. I love the way Pope approaches the scientific facts and Bloomberg addresses the urban development side of climate change, but their voices intertwine. I have never looked at climate change from a primarily economic viewpoint, which is what Pope and Bloomberg are attempting to do, but I think it's an excellent approach to the issue.

One of the things I especially like about this is how Bloomberg approaches the issue in a completely global and nonpartisan way. I've never known a politician to do that before, and I have great respect for the way both authors, but Bloomberg especially, have been addressing climate change in terms of cities and plans throughout the world.

I believe that if more politicians and world leaders were to read Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet, the world would be in far better shape. I look forward to continuing my reading of this informative piece that would benefit everyone, if only they read it.
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990 reviews
December 22, 2019
Pope points to climate victories achieved through the judiciary (which here means litigation), which is unusual in my experience reading these primers. Many writers focus on protests, market solutions, research and innovation, or some mix of the EPA, performance standards, and international agreements. Here, the wins come from Sierra Club lawyers making trouble for the coal industry behind closed doors. These victories are not cheap, and yet it occurs to me that billionaires wanting to move the needle (for the better) on greenhouse gas emissions might do well to fund strategic litigation (sort of like Peter Thiel did to Gawker--see Ryan Holiday’s Conspiracy). Then again, these victories may be more difficult to achieve now (at the end of 2019) that the GOP has stocked the judiciary and weakened environmental guidelines. Tangentially, I was also interested to read about how complacent the coal industry was when the Sierra Club began pressing them. It was almost as though the idea that scientists might engineer alternate sources of energy was just code for “don’t bother me while we conduct business as usual.”

Bloomberg encourages readers to care about cities rather than individual, national, or international action. David Roberts (Vox.com) has written that voting in governments that are friendly, or less hostile, to the environment helps. In the United States, this has meant at the state and national level voting for Democrats. Bloomberg argues that at the city level, party loyalty is less powerful (I'm not so sure), but it does seem clear that governments have a lot of influence over how the nation or community will interact with the environment, even if climate is not their top priority. Too often climate content suggests that people should act internationally (agreements), nationally (legislation), or individually (buy an EV or become a flexitarian). People who don't feel empowered to respond to international or national politics are not wasting their time if they instead focus on state, city, or county politics.

Pope and Bloomberg are optimistic rather than concerned, serious, solemn, excited, or awestruck. They're almost bragging. So, tonally, it is something of an outlier. (Although I really appreciate David Wallace-Wells' The Uninhabitable Earth, I don't know that I'd recommend it as an entry level text on this content.) I wonder if this model has begun to spread as I see the optimism here in Saul Griffith's "How to Decarbonize" as well as in Rutger Bregman's Utopia for Realists.

Random notes.
-Bloomberg and Pope like natural gas more than I do, and I think also more than almost everyone else who is green or green leaning. In fact, it seems like the science on fracking becomes more alarming every day. Methane is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide and a lot of it leaks into the atmosphere during fracking. We often read about CO2 levels, which are around 410 ppm last I checked. But although global CO2 emissions has slowed (levelled off the last few years but rose again in 2019), methane levels are now rising. Even if natural gas production was cleaned up, there isn't enough room in the atmosphere to keep taking in greenhouse gases while countries ever so gradually change their infrastructure.

-The rhetorical appeals are fascinating, and I'm not sure I've read another climate change primer that appeals to burger eating conservatives as much as Climate of Hope. Not only is Bloomberg a Republican, or a lapsed one, but they appeal to American optimism about economic growth, independence of communities and of America against foreign powers, and to patriotic pride in constantly suggesting that the Chinese are getting ahead, at one point writing “Cities can lead the way—just as China is." Their insistence that cities can lead the way where the federal government has stalled appeals to that small government, local community ethic that one associates with the right (except when one associates it, as with many of these other values imho, with the left). Almost every story here is one of success or victory or of an underdog defeating the entrenched interests. The only problem is that these are the entrenched interests that conservatives consistently vote into or back into power. The book is also written by the sort of coastal elites that my prairie family almost stereotypically distrusts. Finally, I'm not sure any book's appeals to public health or cost can break through the Fox News hold on conservatives who will start any conversation on climate change either saying that it doesn't exist or nodding while thinking "it doesn't exist."

-There is also a strong emphasis on public health and safety. They repeatedly highlight that air pollution, even what we think of as minor levels of air pollution, kills people.

-Partner cities may be one way to encourage the developing world to avoid fossil fuels. Bloomberg spends a lot of time abroad advocating for clean energy, increasing albedo by painting roofs white, and creating green spaces.

-This may be the first climate book I've read not blurbed by McKibben.

-There are no research notes (or even an invitation to join an email list to acquire such notes), perhaps another nod to that conservative distrust of research but nevertheless a flaw.

-One suggestion here that I think greens and green adjacents should rally around is an end to fossil fuel subsidies. Why spend so much on subsidizing such a profitable and advantaged industry? Further, Klein writes in This Changes Everything that these companies lobby the American government to the tune of $400K / day. I'd be happy to see that lobby and the subsidies disappear.

Ultimately, Climate of Hope is an excellent primer, even if I wouldn't recommend that someone take it as the final word on this content. Readers who have read a couple of these books may also find this one a welcome change. And although I don't agree with every policy recommendation, the focus on the judiciary, cities, and public health is admirable, imho.
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575 reviews141 followers
June 14, 2017
Surprisingly, this really is, or at least, tries to be, what the title suggests – a hopeful book about the possibilities of countering climate change. The authors, businessman and former mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg and former head of the Sierra Club, Carl Pope, write alternating chapters describing the challenges of climate change – which they take very seriously – and the many ways that individuals, businesses, and governments can address those problems in way that would provide not just a healthier world but a more prosperous one. Both authors have traveled the world working on issues of environmentally sound, economically profitable practices, and their discussions of city planning, international trade, sustainable energy sources, agriculture, finance, etc. felt comprehensive and clear. Both are fine writers, and the book never bogs down in excessive detail but seems to give a nice overview of the problems and potential solutions. They point out in their introduction, scaring people with apocalyptic scenarios may be attention getting, but it doesn't generally result in changed behavior. Here, while acknowledging the catastrophic results we'll face if we fail to take action, they focus on pragmatic, lucrative motivations for change.

”Telling people that they might possibly save the Earth from distant and uncertain harm is not a great way to convince them to support a particular policy. But what happens when you tell people that they can definitely, right now, reduce the number of asthma attacks suffered by children, save their own families and friends from respiratory disease, extend their own life expectancy, cut their own energy bills, make it easier for them to get around town, improve their quality of life, increase the number of jobs in their community, and strengthen our national energy security – all while increasing the long-term stability of the global climate?

We hope that what will happen is that people will sign on for changes presented in this way, but the authors also admit that there are powerful vested interests which stand in the way and which have to be confronted. Politicians beholden to donors vested in old technologies, communities dependent on certain industries, businesses entrenched in certain models all need to be motivated to try new, more sustainable ways of meeting their goals, and Pope and Bloomberg both have enough real world experience to know that this can be a formidable challenge. Still, the overall tone of the book is hopeful, and I found it interesting and encouraging.
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170 reviews1 follower
July 16, 2017
This was a really down-to-earth, no-nonsense, well told primer on what those who are passionate about our planet can do to look at the issue of climate change from a more broad, inclusive, fiscally conservative, economically sound, point of view. The chapters alternate between facts about how climate change actually works, and is being coped with by cities all around the world, and the financial sense behind different proposals. We can't really afford the luxury of allowing our policy makers to stand around any longer debating whether or not we can or should do something while our citizens are already coping with the aftermath of our changing planet. This book describes some truly sound ideas and my only concern is this: how do we get enough critical mass of the people who need to read this the most (from all walks of life & political points of view) to actually read & discuss it?
494 reviews
May 8, 2017
Learned some new things which is why I read another book on climate change. They did address several of my concerns. One was let rivers flow free by getting rid of most dams and allowing rivers to flood into nature's flood planes. The other was quit fighting the oceans tide and storms. Bring back the wetlands, swamps and dunes and build on the high land not the low lands. Bloomberg said in the opening pages he supported nuclear energy but never touched the subject again. Nucs can generate power night and day, wind or no wind and release zero CO2. They do not address the science of the electrical grid (megavars) or the fact solar can not generate megavars.
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May 23, 2017
I agree totally with the themes of the book: we must address climate change for the benefits now and to mitigate future risk. that the action is mostly at the local level because our federal Gov is dysfunctional and most state governments are too. I like that the book as of today is surprisingly up to the minute. I like that it's very optimistic at a time when the news seems all bad.

I think the fact that I agreed with this is what I liked least about it. I feel like part of the story may be missing. Perhaps I'll watch some Fox News now to make sure it's not just confirmation bias :)

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1,977 reviews10 followers
May 10, 2017
Accessible and non-depressing book about climate change and how cities and businesses can lead the charge in reducing emissions and adapting to current situations. Bloomberg is kind of a wind bag, but I appreciate his approaches to finding and advancing solutions nonetheless. Pope's chapters focus less on business and more on nature. It was nice to read about climate change and not have it all be doom and gloom. These guys did a nice job of proffering optimism. Also, it was current, even referencing the new presidential administration in the United States, which was impressive.
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55 reviews
November 27, 2017
When you listen to the news, you hear about all the things we're not doing at the national level to prevent and prepare for climate change. This book highlights the progress that cities and businesses are already making; this kind of encouragement can keep us all from throwing up our hands in despair and giving up. We still need to elect national leaders who are ready to get to work on climate change, but it's good to see that things are starting to happen!
482 reviews
May 30, 2017
This book explores the dangers and challenges of climate change and yet manages to be profoundly optimistic. The authors offer many changes that can save our planet and also provide benefits here and now. I wish we could get our President to read this. (Heck, I wish we could get him to READ!). Butin the meantime, if you are concerned about our planet, this is worth the time.
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365 reviews
June 2, 2017
The authors clearly spell out pragmatic and cost-effective ways municipalities, businesses, and individuals can assume leadership in combating the negative effects of climate change. These recommendations are especially important in light of the current U.S. federal government's astounding lack of urgency - and active denial - of this issue.
9 reviews1 follower
July 11, 2019
Excellently woven analysis of the current and historical state of climate activism and the market forces and policies at play in our path forward. Bloomberg & Pope both draw on deep experience and different view points to arrive at solid policy recommendations and outline steps local and national governments, as well as business, can take to work toward a better planet.
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467 reviews9 followers
June 8, 2017
Important information on bringing liberals and conservatives together to solve this problem. Learned a lot, but it's not a comprehensive pro/con format of every idea. It just discusses current problems associated with climate change, innovative ways that cities are working to solve them, and language that can be used to bridge gaps in our communications.
6 reviews3 followers
June 13, 2017
A great insight on how we can save ourselves from the changing planet by not overly reliant of government actions. There's already a great movement in our society and this book help uncovers plenty of solutions to help ensure our survival. The use of a wide-ranging perspective of NGO leader and also city & business leader is a good contrast.
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302 reviews
May 24, 2017
I really like it, for the ones who are sick worry about the our planeta, like me, it really gives some hope even in the Trumps era, but at the same time encourage all to act!! I like the authors combination of views, the Pope the environmentalist and Bloomberg the business man!
2 reviews1 follower
June 7, 2017
No mention of the real problem - legacy carbon

While the book is well written and clear, it misses the biggest issue in climate. The fact that there is 400x more CO2 in the atmosphere than all annual emissions.
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June 5, 2017
Convincing on the now case that the U.S. can meet or beat our goals for the Paris Accord without the help of the White House or Republican Congress. Bloomberg particularly good at talking the business language of cost savings and ample opportunity in the coming green future.
June 10, 2017
Hope after Trump nixed US participation in Paris

I was despondent after President Trump nixed US participation in the Paris Agreement. This book renews my faith that we will continue to tackle climate change with or without him. Well written and referenced.
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670 reviews15 followers
July 7, 2017
Bloomberg and Pope offer a lot of environmentally productive ideas for thought. Although Bloomberg gives much credit to other people and cities, he's a bit self promoting. Maybe he's planning a run in 2020. Pope writes very succinctly about the issues.
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51 reviews
September 8, 2017
A very positive overview of climate resilience actions that have been put in place. Even though it puts a lot of hope on positive actions, and I was expecting something extemely wishful, I was surprised on how real and down to earth it actually is.
I highly recommend it
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105 reviews
May 31, 2017
I was fortunate enough to win this book in a giveaway. I enjoyed reading this book . Highly recommend !!
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83 reviews1 follower
June 10, 2017
This narrative continues to keep me informed on the science and world actions regarding climate change. Thank you Bloomberg and Pope!
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297 reviews1 follower
June 15, 2017
Good read. The authors remind us that we can improve ourselves as a nation in all climate and energy issues by starting locally.
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March 21, 2018
Well researched, practical, honest but hopeful. I learned a lot.
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77 reviews1 follower
October 5, 2017
The alarmist nature of media concerning climate change and global environmental issues makes it difficult for ordinary world citizens to feel hopeful about the state of the planet. In Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens can Save the Planet, Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope offer insight into what policies and initiatives both the public and the private sector are undertaking. Addressing the complex scape of the “climate change” problem, they examine the public perspective of environmental issues, the science behind them, and the various sectors that are involved and impacted by lasting environmental changes. They conclude with a note of optimism, suggesting that individuals and organizations look forward to a human-dominated world powered by clean energy rather than a dystopian future incapable of fostering humanity.

The book appears as a response to concerns that, with an unexpected rise of populism, progress on climate change mitigation would come to an abrupt stop. Thus, Bloomberg and Pope’s strategy appears to want to appeal to the masses by addressing the impacts of a changing planet to individual sectors. They examine the anthropogenic causes and effects of the energy sector, agriculture, transportation, and many more sectors to demonstrate how humans have created modifications in the environment and follow it up with how those modifications impact humans. But the authors assert that humanity is progressing rapidly in combating these modifications through technological innovations as well as generating a market for clean energy.

There are still many obstacles, both financially and politically, but the authors are hopeful. Bloomberg and Pope call for actions that individuals, businesses, and governments can do to implement a sustainable future, including fixing political failures and creating solutions at the city level. It is clear that Bloomberg and Pope hope to pave the path to a better future with this book, anticipating that readers will become motivated to make a difference in their lives and maybe their respective countries.

Though the book is written in a way that readers can easily engage with the content, Bloomberg and Pope try to fit an incredible amount of information into almost 300 pages, which left me exhausted with how much information I was trying to cram into my head. I would like to commend them for how they displayed the statistics, which did not feel overwhelming. It may have served them better to be more country-specific, assuming that their reader base will be mostly educated, English-speaking professionals. I would like to see a series of books that examine similar topics but are specific to a country’s environmental policies, allowing the authors to discuss more in-depth the problems facing a particular country’s environmental situation. Other countries may learn by example from learning of other countries’ plights.

I also found Bloomberg to be rather adamant about the power of cities in making impactful policy to reduce humanity’s carbon footprint. While cities, and their mayors, definitely have standing in this discussion, it all falls on whether or not they will stay true to their word. Playing devil’s advocate, Sam Brooks, a former director of the D.C. government’s energy division, calls for more accountability from cities in order to ensure that municipal policy meets the goals that they are so lauded for attempting to reach. In other words, mayors and their cities claim to adhere to certain climate goals, such as those associated with the Paris agreement, but it will be a long-time before we see any direct change. I am inclined to be as pessimistic as Brooks is, though Bloomberg’s optimism is certainly persuasive. Even at the local scale, policy implications are still fairly invisible to ordinary citizens.

Each author takes turns in each section of the book describing the “inconvenient truth” of the situation we are stuck in, but then offer solutions or initiatives that aim to alleviate those concerns. While both present very balanced discussions, Bloomberg and Pope were effective in not incorporating a sense of alarmism. Recent studies have shown that the “fear tactic” only drives people further away from wanting to address environmental issues and climate change, and I sincerely believe that the message from this book is one of hope, one that encourages readers to look forward at all the great progress we are making toward a more sustainable future.

Climate of Hope is a worthy endeavor to provide the necessary facts and information to address fears that the world is not doing enough to fight climate change. Bloomberg and Pope are appropriate authors for the subject; if it were anyone else, the book would not necessarily be less credible but it certainly would not have as much impact. Bloomberg has been a mayor of New York City, an entrepreneurial champion of the business world, and a name among the political elites, but above all, he has been a pioneer and advocate of the environmental movement since its conception. Pope has been the executive director for the Sierra Club and a distinguished leader of environmental activism and clean energy since the 1970s, much like Bloomberg. Much like the marketing strategies of the entertainment industry, Bloomberg and Pope’s “star power” is likely to cast a wide net and generate a large audience of not only environmentalists but also people who want to make a difference in their community and the world at large.

The writing is easy to read and flows well; were it any denser, it would have deterred readers from continuing. The quantitative evidence they provide was not overly complex and was easy to follow, especially in terms of its relevance to the topic. The structure ties everything together nicely by beginning and ending the book on the larger-scale ideas and focusing on the details in the middle. These are all important considerations when writing about environmental science and climate change. Often, these types of problems consist of many elements that make them appear complex, and I feel that the combination of the intelligible writing, coherent use of data, and lucid structure that makes this particular book appealing to me.

As I mentioned earlier, the positivity angle will not only aid in drawing in readers but also leave them with a sense of hope and desire to make appropriate changes in their daily lives and their business practice. An ordinary consumer who picks this book up may decide to take public transportation more often; a venture capitalist may start researching investments into RECs or emerging clean energy companies. With imminent fears of climate change, Climate of Hope is an apt title. Yes, our climate is changing – not to one of desolation, but to one of hope.
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92 reviews
February 3, 2022
I started reading this for my EPQ. Says a lot that I’m finishing it a year later. I think it’s quite an achievement actually - I didn’t think I ever would.

I have many bones to pick though, one of which is: STOP CALLING EVERYTHING SEXY. For the love of god, please. Your plans for ‘overhauling stormwater management’ are not 'sexy'. You do not make them ‘sexy’. In no world is ‘stormwater management’ ever SEXY. So please, spare yourself the embarrassment, and stick to your key terms.

Overall, they were generally too optimistic, which was a bit irritating. Like it’s all good and dandy that you believe we actually can ‘determine our own fate’, but please, we’re living in the middle of a global pandemic.

I’d have preferred if they taught me new concepts rather than new facts, because those can become outdated so quickly, particularly with a situation like climate change which is so topical, thus new info is being fed into the system literally every month.

I also just wish they would have focused more on what they did as the Sierra Club – making it a bit more personal rather than generalised. Attempting to cover all avenues of sustainability and climate change is just repetitive. If I wanted that I’d have just read my geography textbook.

Lastly, there was a tad too much American exceptionalism going on for me. For example: ‘NYC is the epicentre of the world’s economic capital’, which repeated a fair few times. Like ok, we get. You’re an AC amongst too many LIDC’s. Give it a rest, it’s not doing you any favours.

But here’s a cute little quote I think is a key takeaway and should be at the forefront of climate action: “Our best defence against nature is often nature itself.”
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