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

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  901 ratings  ·  155 reviews
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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Clif Hostetler
Apr 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: current-events
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 b ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
John McAndrew
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 industr ...more
Dave & Lindsay Gurak
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.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eco
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 ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-ish
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 ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 miss
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 referen ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Andrew Hovel
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Ann Alton
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
B. Adriana
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!
James AC McDermott
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.
Mark Bailey
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: torrey
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.
Bernard Fensterwald, III
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.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Sep 08, 2017 added it
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
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to win this book in a giveaway. I enjoyed reading this book . Highly recommend !!
Mary Mckernan
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This narrative continues to keep me informed on the science and world actions regarding climate change. Thank you Bloomberg and Pope!
Pat Carson
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-non-fiction
Good read. The authors remind us that we can improve ourselves as a nation in all climate and energy issues by starting locally.
Ashley Loh
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well Written and informative
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well researched, practical, honest but hopeful. I learned a lot.
Arya Harsono
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 env ...more
Sean Meriwether
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A number of climate change themed books track how we got to this (tipping) point and paint disaster-porn scenarios of our continued inaction. Cities underwater! Millions of climate refugees! Runaway temperatures! Melting icebergs! They raise multiple red flags and back up their statements with statistics and data trends. They rightfully lay blame on obstructionist government officials (looking at you U.S. Republican party), the oil and gas industry which continues to receive billions in governme ...more
Ken Boyce
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Loved the Carl Pope half, felt the Bloomberg half was meh and frequently irritating.
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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 innova ...more

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