Sep 18 2009
So much for sticking to sewers and potholes. Vancouver’s activist city council is spending political capital on some big green challenges that lots of folks think are way beyond our politicos’ pay grade. We’re going to see a more big-government approach to these issues – and that’s a good thing if we’re going to fix them.
Local government activism is what’s needed when environmental issues of global significance are already hitting home. “A lot of what’s being called for in terms of the green economy involves local land use, local transportation options, regulation of local industries and stimulation of other activities in cities, so local government will be a big player in this,” says SFU Director of Urban Studies Anthony Perl.
That sustainability challenges like climate change and resource depletion are global in nature doesn’t let local governments off the hook to focus on sidewalks and animal-control bylaws. Voters will demand local actions to prevent or diminish local symptoms of global problems.
Read my full article at Granville Magazine, Green Roads and Risky Paths