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Cities Demanding the EarthA New Understanding of the Climate Emergency$
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Peter Taylor, Geoff O'Brien, and Phil O'Keefe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529210477

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529210477.001.0001

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Action: Can We Stop Terminal Consumption?

Action: Can We Stop Terminal Consumption?

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Cities Demanding the Earth

Peter J. Taylor

Geoff O’Brien

Phil O’Keefe

Policy Press

This chapter asks the question, what does this unthinking mean for current anthropogenic climate change policies? This is answered in two ways. First, the concept of urban demand is discussed in its current manifestation as the product of a global Advertising-Big Data-Social Media complex. Second, the mechanisms behind the immensity of Chinese urban growth in recent decades are described. In their different, but intertwined, ways these two expressions of today’s modernity are pointing irrevocably towards terminal consumption. The only means to stop this happening appears to a reinvention of the city, creating an urban demand for stewarding nature for future generations, a posterity city

Keywords:   Advertising-Big Data-Social Media complex, Anthropogenic climate change, Chinese urban growth, Posterity city, Terminal consumption, Urban demand

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