Global warming starts at home

Gristmill’s David Roberts writes that linking public health to sprawl, via New Urbanism (and citing a so-so Newsweek article on the subject), will also help to bring the politics of global warming down to a level that most people can comprehend–their health:

The broad public movement to fight global warming that everybody’s waiting for is never gonna happen. The subject is too abstract, too distant, too tinged with guilt and fear and sacrifice. What might happen is a public movement behind a healthier lifestyle, safer, more compact cities, and a turn from insatiable materialism to more rooted, community-based pleasures.

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