Planning For The Environmentalist
by frank news
December 4, 2018
A tremendous amount of coverage is being given to The Green New Deal as pressure for policy that considers our future and respects the science continues to build. There is so much to consider, so many facets to sort out: logistics, economics, social issues...
Here are 3 key peices from our month on Urban Planning that fostered nuanced discussions on environmentalism.
1) Plant Blindness by Rosetta S. Elkin
Humans are entirely dependent on plants and have supplanted ancient wisdom and symbiotic relationships for global authority, imperial trade, and scientific certainty. Plants, on the other hand, have been living on the planet for much longer and are not dependent on humans. Yet plant blindness persists despite our dependence by elevating the role of humans and other creatures in planetary affairs.
Whenever people try to improve nature, or do something for nature, that usually ends up making it worse, or screwing it up in some way.
Our ability to control natural processes is...we don't have a great track record. You can see this in California super easily when you look at the issue of fire. It’s not working. Leaving nature alone works really well, and it's messy. Nature is a messy thing. It doesn't fit with our aesthetic goals particularly. Harmonizing that with the human agenda is not an easy thing to do.