The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy

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Random House of Canada, Sep 4, 2012 - Economic history - 368 pages
"The revolutionary follow-up to Chris Turner's Governor General's Literary Award and National Business Book Award nominee, The Geography of Hope. The most vital project of the twenty-first century is a shift from our unsustainable way of life to a sustainable one--a great lateral leap from a track headed for economic and ecological disaster to one bound for renewed prosperity. In The Leap, Chris Turner presents a field guide to making that jump, drawing on recent breakthroughs in state-of-the-art renewable energy, cleantech and urban design. From the solar towers of sunny Spain to the bike paths and pedestrianized avenues of the world's most livable city--Copenhagen, Denmark--to the nascent "green-collar" economies rejuvenating the former East Germany and the American Rust Belt, he paints a vivid portrait of a new, sustainable world order already up and running. In his 2007 book, The Geography of Hope, Chris Turner wrote about an emerging world of cleantech possibility. This led to a two-year stint as sustainability columnist for the Globe and Mail, during which many of the fringe developments covered in his book became vital. By the time those two years were up his reporting tracks were being retraced by mainstream outlets like the New York Times. In The Leap, he once again charts the world's near-future course."--Résumé de l'éditeur.

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CHRIS TURNER is one of Canada's leading writers on sustainability and the global cleantech industry. His previous book, The Geography of Hope, was a national bestseller and nominated for the National Business Book Award and the Governor General's Literary Award. His reporting appears regularly in the Walrus, the Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic, and has earned him seven Canadian National Magazine Awards, including the 2001 President's Medal for General Excellence. The author lives in Calgary, AB.

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