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Breathe: Seven Ways to Win a Greener World

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Indeed, at a recent People’s Question Time held in my constituency, an insistent angry mob tried to shout him down, as occurred at the South Bank launch of this book; both interruptions downright irritating. Born and raised in Tooting, he began his career as a human rights lawyer before being elected to parliament in 2005. Join Khan for this memorable evening and hear him demonstrate how anyone – whether voter, activist or politician – can win the argument on climate. Those who have the power to act, to mitigate and to plan, may be the mayors, politicians and councils, but that in itself does not ‘politicise’ the scientific evidence, despite attempts by the current US Republican nominee, Ron DeSantis to ‘politicise the weather. Maxwell is a freelance journalist and this is her debut novel, focusing on motherhood in a way we rarely hear about in fiction, telling the story of a woman who has a baby alone using a sperm donor and her failure to bond instantly with her child.

He is also generous in describing his (by his own admission long-suffering) staff, referring to them by name and citing their forbearance in putting up with his incessant texting. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.But you get the impression that Khan has something of a disdain for boroughs with no London postcodes. The Mayor of London reveals the incident for the first time in his new book, Breathe, which outlines his thoughts on "tackling the climate emergency" and seeks to justify his highly controversial expansion of the capital's ultra-low emission zone (Ulez). The sales pitch for Khan’s book was disturbed by hecklers and protestors who blew whistles and shouted constant abuse at the mayor.

But immediately on his election, Khan cancelled the Metropolitan line extension to Watford, claiming, albeit not in quite so many words, “I was elected to represent the citizens of London, not Hertfordshire. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here.Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road (the road between the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery). 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. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA View image in fullscreen ‘I hope this book spurs more people on to the urgent action we need to fight climate change’ … Sadiq Khan. With the above in mind, when this book was recommended to me I was afraid it would all go over my head, or that, being written by a politician, it might be full of blame and divisiveness. 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.

Admittedly there were some statistics in it, but these had been selectively chosen and therefore did not provide a balanced view. Now, Sadiq draws on his experiences to reveal the seven ways environmental action gets blown off course – and how to get it back on track. He voices the realisation that being driven around the capital can be seen as hypocrisy, but the opposition his policies engender necessitate this.

Predictably, he lays into former US President Donald Trump over his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will today warn world leaders at the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit that humanity is inflicting ‘self-harm on a planetary scale’. Follow British Politics and Policy, the Business Review, the Impact Blog, European Politics and Policy and the LSE Review of Books to learn more about the debates our events series present.

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