Initiative. Each year we consume around fifty percent more resources than Earth can regenerate. To reduce our city’s footprint we need to show leadership on both sides, to be more conservative in our demands and more protective of our supplies. For example, by being economical with our energy usage, since we know saving energy is less expensive than producing it; by treating water as a precious resource instead of a commodity, as major cities face water scarcity on every continent; by protecting common natural resources such as clean air, because they are vital to everyone's health and livelihood. Leadership that is attuned to regeneration offers new solutions for many of the perceived ills of urbanisation. Taking the initiative means doing something as small and difficult as changing a personal habit, to something as big and complex as working together to mitigate climate change.
Riccardo Casale is the co-founder of an 'internet of things' company working on new ideas to make products and places more interactive with people and the environment. He holds master’s degrees from Cambridge University and IMD. Enthusiastic about disruptive innovation for social and environmental good, Ric has also studied renewable energy with EIT and urbanism at LSE. His appreciation of the richness and potential of urban life is borne from living in cities as diverse and energising as London, NYC, Budapest and Manila. He currently lives in Windsor, England.
"A call to arms to people who want to make life better in their local community but also understand the need for more fundamental system change."
- Matthew Taylor, Head of the Royal Society of Arts
“Civic Revolution. A Citizen’s Guide” will be published in time for Earth Day on April 22, 2019. Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world, marked by over one billion people participating in action towards a healthier environment for future generations.
Civic Revolution is a story about the power we have as citizens to mend the broken links between people and places, past and present, prosperity and sustainability. It is about the attitudes to civic life and the actions we take that will make a world of difference. It is not hope that leads to action so much as our actions that lead to hope.
I wrote this book because civic action is needed and urgent. If you would like to have the abridged copy, please help yourself and download it here after the book has been published.