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Breathe: Seven Ways to Win a Greener World

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I started this novel back when it won the Pulitzer in 2019 but never finished it, which says less about the book than my ability to be distracted.

That’s the conclusion of Sadiq Khan’s alarming new book, Breathe: Tackling the Climate Emergency, which he publicised last night at a 90-minute event held in the Royal Festival Hall. He always assesses the impact of his climate policies and records that, ‘ The proportion of bicycle and walking journeys had increased from 29 per cent pre-pandemic to an estimated 46 per cent post lockdown. Since Khan – who in 2021 was elected chair of C40, a global network of almost 100 megacities with a shared ambition to fight climate change – became mayor, he has presided over some of the hottest temperatures ever seen in London, including this summer, when the city’s fire services saw their busiest day since the second world war. This summer, I am reading or plan to read The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho by Paterson Joseph. Although governments across the world are fond of setting targets, the policies to hit them often fail to materialise.Right now, my summer reading list comprises the foundational text of the dark academia genre, The Secret History by Donna Tartt; the Japanese novel All The Lovers In The Night by Mieko Kawakami; and the inspirational non-fiction collection How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell. Its mission is to study how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focussing on how the design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment.

No surprises with this read, khan continues with his misinformation and manipulation of facts with an insight to his deluded mind! For many of us, the summer holidays offer a perfect opportunity to catch up on some reading, whether it’s taking a trashy thriller to flick through by the pool or lugging a weighty historic tome to a pavement cafe. Scandalised, Khan underwent a political transformation that would see him become one of the most prominent global politicians fighting (and winning) elections on green issues. The tunnel, on which construction has started, has faced widespread opposition from local people, politicians, climate scientists and medical experts who say it would increase traffic and worsen public health. Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres).Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin.

All articles posted on this blog give the views of the author(s), and not the position of LSE British Politics and Policy, nor of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He will also have to overcome changes to the electoral system that are expected to swing things in the direction of his (yet to be selected) Tory rival. As a single parent who works crazy hours, I won’t really get much summer reading time but here is my fantasy list anyway. In Breathe: Tackling the Climate Emergency, he shares how he underwent a political transformation that would see him become one of the most prominent global politicians fighting elections on green issues, talks about some of the ways in which he believes the environmental discussion can be put back on track, and shares how anyone can win the argument on climate.Despite the frankly ridiculous tearing up of Sadiq Khan’s book ‘Breathe’ by Talk TV presenters on live television a few days ago, no stunt by them can get away from the central point in the book.

A drop-off point at the Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.

Perhaps it’s because London’s residents had seen the consequences of such policies following COVID-19 and were giving them the thumbs-down. The kindest way to understand the vitriol being thrown at Sadiq for his progressive environmental attitude and actions would be to think that many are missing the wood for the trees, but sadly I think that discrimination and bigotry may also be at play.

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