The Leap

How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy

Publisher: Vintage Canada

The most vital project of the twenty-first century is a shift from our unsustainable way of life to a sustainable one--a great lateral leap from a track headed for economic and ecological disaster to one bound for renewed prosperity. In The Leap, Chris Turner presents a field guide to making that jump, drawing on recent breakthroughs in state-of-the-art renewable energy, cleantech and urban design. From the solar towers of sunny Spain to the bike paths and pedestrianized avenues of the world's most livable city--Copenhagen, Denmark--to the nascent "green-collar" economies rejuvenating the former East Germany and the American Rust Belt, he paints a vivid portrait of a new, sustainable world order already up and running.
     In his 2007 book, The Geography of Hope, Chris Turner wrote about an emerging world of cleantech possibility. In The Leap, he looks beyond hope to uncover the winners and losers of the future we can no longer deny.


On Monday morning, September 15, 2008, Wall Street traders awoke to the startling news of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, one of New York’s oldest and most respected investment firms. Merrill Lynch had avoided the same fate only by selling itself off...
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"Energetic, hopeful and darn right optimistic.... This book should be on the nightstands of anyone who fancies himself or herself a friend of the earth." Unlimited Magazine
"Inspiring.... After reading Turner's book, and seeing, through his sharp storyteller's prose how various innovations have already worked elsewhere in the world, the naysayers seem like flat-earthers." The Grid (Toronto)
"The Leap is a terrific book, and it filled me with excitement and hope for the future.... Read it--and leap!" John Vaillant, award-winning author of The Golden Spruce and The Tiger