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By Andrew Ross

Phoenix, Arizona is certainly one of America's quickest turning out to be metropolitan areas. it's also its least sustainable one, sprawling over one thousand sq. miles, with a inhabitants of 4 and a part million, minimum rainfall, sizzling warmth, and an insatiable urge for food for unrestrained development and unrestricted estate rights.

In Bird on Fire, eminent social and cultural analyst Andrew Ross makes a speciality of the customers for sustainability in Phoenix--a urban within the bull's eye of world warming--and additionally the hindrances that stand within the manner. so much authors writing on sustainable towns examine areas that experience very good public transit structures and comparatively excessive density, equivalent to Portland, Seattle, or big apple. yet Ross contends that if we won't switch the sport in fast-growing, low-density towns like Phoenix, the complete circulation has a tremendous challenge. Drawing on interviews with two hundred influential residents--from nation legislators, city planners, builders, and eco-friendly company advocates to civil rights champions, strength lobbyists, sun marketers, and group activists--Ross argues that if Phoenix is ever to develop into sustainable, it is going to ensue extra via political and social swap than via technological fixes. Ross explains how Arizona's more and more xenophobic immigration legislation, science-denying legislature, and growth-at-all-costs enterprise ethic have perpetuated social injustice and environmental degradation. yet he additionally highlights the confident adjustments taking place in Phoenix, specifically the Gila River Indian Community's winning fight to win again its water rights, possibly transferring assets clear of new housing advancements to generating fit neighborhood foodstuff for the folks of the Phoenix Basin. Ross argues that this victory may well function a brand new version for the way eco-friendly democracy can paintings, redressing the claims of these who've been aggrieved in a manner that creates long term advantages for all.

Bird on Fire deals a compelling tackle one of many urgent problems with our time--finding pathways to sustainability at a time whilst governments are dismally failing of their accountability to deal with weather change.

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