Jonathan Hiskes shares some hope from Carbon Zero — the church has much to learn from the green movement, especially in terms of urban renewal. He writes,

“In focusing on cities, Steffen finds hope in an unexpected place. While most climate activism has focused on national and international negotiations, and while the American environmental movement has historically carried a back-to-the-land rural flavour, Steffen argues that urban areas hold the greatest levers for making significant change. Partly that’s an issue of demographics. Demographers estimate that, by mid-century, seventy percent or more of the world’s population will live in cities.

“More importantly, cities allow us to rapidly decarbonize our lives simply by bringing people in close proximity to each other and the things they need. Producing enough electric cars and solar and wind energy (helpful as they are) to replace all the fossil fuels we currently burn would require jaw-dropping amounts of production. Given the pace of global population growth, the political stranglehold of fossil fuel interests, and the time we have left, the math simply doesn’t pan out.”

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