How I Got Religion on Trees

Reviewed: The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone, Jr. (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Cities are heating up at double the rate of global climate change, with major implications for human health.  Managing urban heat is just as important a response to climate change as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the benefits will be felt much sooner.  Cities should prioritize strategies that reduce both heat and greenhouse gas emissions, and trees are at the top of that priority list.

Those are some of the key messages in The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone, Jr.  Stone is an Associate Professor in the City and Regional Planning Program of the Georgia Institute of Technology and an expert in the urban heat island effect: land-use changes that are producing higher temperatures in cities than in the surrounding countryside.

Read my book review: How I Got Religion on Trees

What Makes a Resilient City?

On April 19, 2013, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture sponsored a conference on the theme, “What makes a resilient city?”  Keynote speakers were complexity scholar Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization, and sociologist Dr. Eric Klinenberg, author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.  I wrote the Executive Summary and Full Report of the conference.

Read the Executive Summary:  Resilient City Exec Summary

Read the Full Report:  Resilient City Full Report

Read the comments from the lunch exercise:  Resilient City lunch comments complete list

About Me

I am a climate change and democracy activist. I volunteer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby and speak to groups in North Texas to build support for CCL’s market-based carbon pricing proposal. I am also interested in regional climate resilience planning.  I am concerned about our democratic society’s ability to address complex problems like climate and am interested in systemic reforms that address obstacles to progress. I am a student of integral theory. I have worked with several national and Dallas-area nonprofits.