In conversation with David Miller

Solved: How the World's Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis by David Miller shows that cities are taking action on climate because they can - and because they must. If replicated at pace and scale, the actions of leading global cities point the way to creating a more sustainable planet. Solved demonstrates that the initiatives cities have taken to control the climate crisis can make a real difference in reducing global emissions if implemented worldwide. By chronicling the stories of how cities have taken action to meet and exceed emissions targets laid out in the Paris Agreement, David empowers readers to fix the climate crisis. As much a 'how-to' guide for policymakers as a work for concerned citizens, Solved aims to inspire hope through its clear and factual analysis of what can be done - now, today - to mitigate our harmful emissions and pave the way to a 1.5°C world.

All proceeds go to the Mrs. Joan Miller Scholarships that support single mothers (or others seeking a second chance) returning to college or university.

W4C - Your book provides numerous examples of cities leading the charge on climate action. Do you feel cities can act on climate on their own? If not, who are cities' primary allies?

David Miller - Cities are a vital part of the response to the climate emergency and mayors are the ones who are doing the most during this critical moment when we must halve global emissions by 2030. Urban actions, if supported by national and regional governments, central banks, and international financial institutions can deliver sustainable and equitable results and getting the world on the right path. Other vital allies Mayors bring together are global citizens, youth activists, trade unions, business leaders, and investors who are essential in driving the climate movement to be both innovative and inclusive.

W4C - What should the point of departure or area of focus be for cities that have only recently added climate to their agendas?

David Miller - Throughout the world, cities have the unique capacity to act in the areas crucial to preventing climate breakdown. Cities are responsible for planning, public transportation, water, and waste management; parks, housing, public health, urban forests and much more. Any changes in these areas have significant consequences for reducing greenhouse gases and improving the lives of all citizens. There are available tried and tested solutions to heat and cool buildings more efficiently, create transport networks, and manage waste. These solutions are both financially feasible for many cities and can be implemented at scale. Finally, it is vital to highlight that cities need to weave through any of their climate actions equity and inclusivity to ensure delivering just outcomes for all citizens from the outset.

W4C - What advice would you give to citizens concerned about climate change and who want to take action in their city?

David Miller - It is simple - voting matters. There is an urgency to act on climate; for this, we need dedicated elected officials who will drive the action. Citizens have a great responsibility and opportunity to choose local representatives who put climate high on their agenda and even a more significant opportunity to hold these officials accountable for their actions or lack.