Civic Ecology: Adaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up

Civic Ecology: Adaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up

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Overview

Stories of environmental stewardship in communities from New Orleans to Soweto accompany an interdisciplinary framework for understanding civic ecology as a global phenomenon.

In communities across the country and around the world, people are coming together to rebuild and restore local environments that have been affected by crisis or disaster. In New Orleans after Katrina, in New York after Sandy, in Soweto after apartheid, and in any number of postindustrial, depopulated cities, people work together to restore nature, renew communities, and heal themselves. In Civic Ecology , Marianne Krasny and Keith Tidball offer stories of this emerging grassroots environmental stewardship, along with an interdisciplinary framework for understanding and studying it as a growing international phenomenon.

Krasny and Tidball draw on research in social capital and collective efficacy, ecosystem services, social learning, governance, social-ecological systems, and other findings in the social and ecological sciences to investigate how people, practices, and communities interact. Along the way, they chronicle local environmental stewards who have undertaken such tasks as beautifying blocks in the Bronx, clearing trash from the Iranian countryside, and working with traumatized veterans to conserve nature and recreate community. Krasny and Tidball argue that humans' innate love of nature and attachment to place compels them to restore nature and places that are threatened, destroyed, or lost. At the same time, they report, nature and community exert a healing and restorative power on their stewards.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262028653
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 01/30/2015
Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Marianne Krasny is Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Director of the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University.

Keith Tidball is Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Natural Resources and Associate Director of the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University and State Coordinator for the New York Extension Disaster Education Network.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface: Civic Ecology: What and Why? xi

Acknowledgments xxv

The Principled Chapter 1

I Emergence: Why Do Civic Ecology Practices Happen?

1 Broken Places 15

Steward Story Monique Pilié 25

2 Love of Life, Love of Place 27

Steward Story Nilka Martell 39

The First Interlude 43

II Bricolage: Piecing the Practice Together

3 Creating Community, Creating Connections 47

Steward Story Kazem Nadjariun 63

4 Oyster Spat and Live Oaks: Memories 65

Gallery of Places 75

5 Ecosystem Services: What's Nature-Including Humans-Got to Offer? 83

Steward Story Marian Przybilla Helga Garduhn 97

6 Stewardship, Health, and Well-Being 101

Steward Story: Ben Haberthur 113

7 Learning like Bees 115

Steward Story Andre Rivera 127

The Second Interlude 131

III Zooming Out: A Systems Perspective

8 Governance 135

Steward Story Nam-sun Park 147

9 Resistance, Remembrance, Revolt-and Resilience 151

Steward Story Mandla Mentoor 169

The Third Interlude 171

IV Policy Entrepreneurs: Understanding and Enabling

10 Policy Frameworks: Scaling Civic Ecology Practices Up and Out 175

Afterword 195

Notes 199

Resources 247

Index 277

What People are Saying About This

Lindsay K. Campbell

In the face of climate change, war, postindustrial disinvestment, and other vexing social, ecological, and political challenges, Civic Ecology manages to take an optimistic view by focusing on the important, but sometimes overlooked, work of environmental stewards. Putting forth ten key principles that organize the book, interspersed with inspiring accounts of stewardship in action, the authors use clear language to tell the stories and explore the impact of civic ecology practices. This book helps energize the reader interested in tackling big problems through simple, yet vital, acts like planting trees or tending gardens.

Carmen Sirianni

Krasny and Tidball's Civic Ecology reaches into the hearts and hands of hopeful people across the globe transforming communities at the intersection of place and ecosystem, broken and restored, and provides stories of stewardship that can anchor us cognitively and emotionally for the adaptive work of collaborative governance in an era of disruptive change. A beautiful bricolage and more!

F. Stuart Chapin III

Civic Ecology is an inspirational account of the ecological and civic renewal of broken places, such as areas of urban decline. It describes how local people can, through stewardship based on sound social-ecological principles, re-create sustainable communities and environments where people and nature thrive.

From the Publisher

Krasny and Tidball's Civic Ecology reaches into the hearts and hands of hopeful people across the globe transforming communities at the intersection of place and ecosystem, broken and restored, and provides stories of stewardship that can anchor us cognitively and emotionally for the adaptive work of collaborative governance in an era of disruptive change. A beautiful bricolage and more!

Carmen Sirianni , Hillquit Professor of Labor and Social Thought, Brandeis University; author of Investing in Democracy and Civic Innovation in America

In the face of climate change, war, postindustrial disinvestment, and other vexing social, ecological, and political challenges, Civic Ecology manages to take an optimistic view by focusing on the important, but sometimes overlooked, work of environmental stewards. Putting forth ten key principles that organize the book, interspersed with inspiring accounts of stewardship in action, the authors use clear language to tell the stories and explore the impact of civic ecology practices. This book helps energize the reader interested in tackling big problems through simple, yet vital, acts like planting trees or tending gardens.

Lindsay K. Campbell , PhD, Research Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station

Civic Ecology is an inspirational account of the ecological and civic renewal of broken places, such as areas of urban decline. It describes how local people can, through stewardship based on sound social-ecological principles, re-create sustainable communities and environments where people and nature thrive.

F. Stuart Chapin III , Professor Emeritus of Ecology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Endorsement

Civic Ecology is an inspirational account of the ecological and civic renewal of broken places, such as areas of urban decline. It describes how local people can, through stewardship based on sound social-ecological principles, re-create sustainable communities and environments where people and nature thrive.

F. Stuart Chapin III, Professor Emeritus of Ecology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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