Earth Is A Nice Little Planet: Who Will Save It?

by Christina Park & Orville Powell



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/31/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781434323491

About the Book

The population of the United States is projected to grow by almost 120 million people in the next 45 years.  This growth, and change in population composition, will present local governments across the nation with unprecedented challenges.  As cities and towns work to provide more services to their residents with fewer and fewer resources, managers and elected officials will be forced to face national issues such as transportation, food and fresh water supply, healthcare provision, and even global warming.  Local governments will have to learn to rely less on their state and federal counterparts, and more on local resources.  Services provided by local governments, more so than at any other level, are “people-driven,” and the public will look to those officials closest to them for answers. 


In Earth is a Nice Little Planet:  Who Will Save It? Christina Park and Orville Powell set out to look at some of the consequences of predicted population growth and identify connections to other large scale issues.  What they discovered in researching these topics is that it is not really about the answers, but about the questions. The questions that every city and town in America should be asking themselves.  How will we accommodate an increasing population?  How will we provide for the financial and healthcare needs of the elderly and children?  What can we do help combat climate change?  The clock is ticking and we can not wait any longer to begin addressing these issues.  It is time for local leaders to face these problems and begin the necessary discussions to look for ways to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.  Will you help save the planet?

About the Author

Christina Park

Christina Park graduated in May of 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  In December of 2006, she completed her Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs where she met her co-author and mentor Orville Powell.  It was while studying under Orville Powell at that Christina decided to pursue a career in city management.  Christina currently lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago and works as an analyst for the Mount Prospect Fire Department.  She hopes to always be a “student” of local government issues. 


Orville Powell

Orville Powell is a Clinical Associate Professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Before joining the faculty, He served as city manager of the cities of Winston-Salem and Durham, North Carolina and Gainesville, Florida. He has also worked as a consultant with local governments in Russia, Bulgaria, India, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. He is author of a popular book on local government titled of “City Management: Keys to Success.”