Breathe: Seven Ways to Win a Greener World

Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 25/05/2023
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A seven-step guide to winning support for tough action on climate change - the first book from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. For many years, Sadiq wasn't fully aware of the dangers posed by air pollution, nor its connection with climate change. Then, at the age of 43, he was unexpectedly diagnosed with adult-onset asthma - brought on by the polluted London air he had been breathing for decades. Scandalised, Sadiq underwent a political transformation that would see him become one of the most prominent global politicians fighting (and winning) elections on green issues. Since becoming Mayor of London in 2016, he has declared a climate emergency, introduced the world's first Ultra-Low Emission Zone, built hundreds of kilometres of new cycle lanes, led a drive for affordable insulation in council homes, and turned London into the first ever 'National Park City'. But with every year bringing more wildfires, extreme temperatures and flooding - and with around 4,000 people still dying prematurely from London's polluted air every year, with older, working class and ethnic minority Londoners most affected - there is so much more to do. Now, Sadiq draws on his experiences to identify the seven ways environmental action gets blown off course. And he reveals how to get it back on track, by: - Proving to sceptics that the climate crisis is a health crisis too; - Overcoming voters' cynicism by building coalitions across the political spectrum; - Shaking hands with everyone from your fiercest opponents to the most steadfast climate activists (even if you're a bit worried they might superglue you). Breathe is a call to action demonstrating how anyone - whether voter, activist or politician - can win the argument on climate. It will help create a world where we can all breathe again.

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9781529152784
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 340g
  • Dimensions: 223 x 145 x 22 mm

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Unexpectedly wonderful
I didn’t expect this book to make me cry. I didn’t expect that by the end of it, I’d be so invested in the hope that Sadiq might win a third term as Mayor ... READ MORE
Was Hoping for a Decent Read but..
This book appears to be full of contradictions and unable to produce evidence to back up its claims. I was genuinely hoping to learn something here but ins... READ MORE
Sarah Howell
A political piece of writing
Sadly, this book doesn't stand up to scrutiny. I was looking for facts and not political rhetoric, which is what this book is all about. The figures don't ... READ MORE
Sarah Howell