Who can stave off eco-apartheid? Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross, New York

to mark the release of Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City

Phoenix, Arizona: a “horizontal hymn to unsustainable development” that is host to less than eight inches of rainfall per year, the hottest temperatures of any city in the Northern Hemisphere, and the dirtiest zip code in the country. In his new book Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City, cultural critic Andrew Ross examines the sprawling metropolis’s ecological challenges alongside its social and political ones — namely, widespread disenfranchisement from high rates foreclosure and unemployment, and strident anti-immigrant legislation. If efforts toward sustainability in Phoenix are not “directed by and toward principles of equity,” Ross contends, “then they will almost certainly end up reinforcing patterns of eco-apartheid.”
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