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

Chris Turner
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Sept. 27 2011
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.

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The Leap is a terrific book, and it filled me with excitement and hope for the future. Writing with a lucid, Gladwellian verve, Turner unpacks one of the most pressing issues of the day—the crucial transition to renewable energy—and demonstrates that this ‘leap’ is not only possible and affordable, it is happening right now—in a country, a company, a neighbourhood near you. Read it—and leap!”
—John Vaillant, award-winning author of The Golden Spruce and The Tiger
“This is a paradoxical book. It inspires, not only by showing where the future lies and how to get there, but also by taking the reader to favoured places in the world where that future is already well established. At the same time it can frustrate and even anger if you lift your eyes from the pages—as I did—and realize with discomfort that you are not yet in one of those places. Both are good reasons to read it.”
—Jay Ingram, science broadcaster and author

About the Author

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for our time May 14 2013
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The tells us the truth about where to go. I woke up years ago so this great book fed my appetite for more. It is just what the doctor ordered Awesome but truthful it awakens us up again. My book is out on loans from our church.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for those concerned for our future Dec 16 2011
I was somewhat sceptical when I read Andrew Nikiforuk's glowing review of The Leap in the Globe and Mail because I am familiar with his bias - and happen to largely agree with him on many issues! However, having read the book, I agree with him in recommending it. The book is very readable and contains some concepts that we and our governments need to learn and apply, because we continue to burn oil as if it had no adverse effects on us all - and especially on our children and grandchildren. Turner shows us that the technology exists that will reduce in a major way our dependence on fossil fuels and shows us many examples of changes that are taking place in many countries and cities that we can and should emulate. Read this book; give copies to your younger friends and to your politicians.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
We've all been searching for a way to create a sustainable and resilient future for our children and grandchildren. Chris Turner forges on thru the shadowy corners of doom and gloom to arrive over a solid bridge into a completely attainable bright future that we all want ourselves and our descendents to live in. No Pollyanna story this, capability grounded in reality, a huge sigh of relief is experienced by all- finally direction.
Thanks tons, Chris!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great content, strained narrative July 11 2013
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This book provides the optimism in the possibility of sustainable economic development that is often muted or lacking in environmentalist studies. Readers of the Wall Street Journal would be surprised to find that many of the energy initiatives Turner describes are what that publication would term "business friendly." His writing here is less cumbersome than in his other work, but the book doesn't really get started until 50 pages in, and there is plenty of unnecessary theorizing and narratives. Strangely, Turner is a very good public speaker and yet often a bad writer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I read the first 20 pages and find it boring June 12 2013
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It is like reading megatrends / megratrends 2000 but updated- may say the same in 40 pages- Ia crital ball may be more efficient.
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