The Leap

The Leap

How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2011
ISBN: 9780307359223
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 22 cm

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Feb 13, 2018

Considering that this was written way back in 2011 it is still remarkably contemporary and relevant. It is interesting to see how much the world of sustainable energy has grown since then, but sobering that the other areas he deals with - urban development, sustainable agriculture - have not expanded much in scope at all.
The concept of “ business not as usual” i.e. the leap to a new paradigm, is very apposite and nicely developed. His four key factors explaining the difficulties we all have in imagining the outcome of a “ leap” in any area are particularly cogent.

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