Urban Environmental Stewardship and Civic Engagement: How Planting Trees Strengthens the Roots of Democracy

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Feb 24, 2015
Author: 
Dana R. Fisher, Erika S. Svendsen, and James Connolly

Once considered the antithesis of a verdant and vibrant ecosystem, cities are now being hailed as highly efficient and complex social ecological systems. Emerging from the streets of the post-industrial city are well-tended community gardens, rooftop farms and other viable habitats capable of supporting native flora and fauna. At the forefront of this transformation are the citizens living in the cities themselves. As people around the world increasingly relocate to urban areas, this book discusses how they engage in urban stewardship and what civic participation in the environment means for democracy.

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