An important new green book has arrived at the right time from the Stellenbosch Universityâ€™s sustainability stable, edited by Prof. Mark Swilling.
Sustainable development in a city where everything is moving and changing at a tremendous pace is not a challenge for the faint-hearted. The harsh reality is that Cape Town is going through an extraordinarily rapid urban growth and transformation process which will have far-reaching consequences if not managed properly.
But are we even aware that the city is changing and, if so, do we like what is happening? How do our own actions â€“ conscious or unconscious, informed or ignorant â€“ shape the future of our city? Will our children be able to enjoy the splendour of Cape Town in 50 or 100 years from now?
â€˜Sustaining Cape Town â€“ Imagining a Liveable Cityâ€™ is a comprehensive book which tackles all possible factors that need to be taken into account when facing sustainability in Cape Town:
Municipal finance, economic and industrial development, water, transport, architecture and social justice are just some of the topics covered by 19 contributors who are experts in their respective fields. The book alerts, warns and scares, but even more so it introduces ideas for thinking about sustainability and urban future in new and novel ways.
Green Times has 2 copies to give away to the first 2 readers to write to us, with the subject line â€˜Sustaining Cape Town.â€™
The book is available at R275.00 from selected bookshops as well as www.sun-e-shop.co.za.