Environmental Gentrification Essay

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The displacement of BME and low-income groups leads to the issues of environmental gentrification. If city planners are working to increase green infrastructure within an impoverished community, will they find success in creating a healthier, “greener” space or in a wealthier, “whiter” space? Although plans for city green space include sustainable initiatives, they oftentimes lack the advocacy for environmental justice. This inadequacy depicts the concepts of sustainability and going green with a political intent rather than an environmental intent. Looking further into past environmental programs by the government of New York City, a common hypocritical theme is found. In 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg published a program that would plant …show more content…
Many ethical issues arise when health improvements from green infrastructure are only available to the eco-elite. Re-introducing green resources into our current lifestyles continue to face obstacles when trying to reach an authentic and natural state. Large fields of grassland that once was trimmed by the feeding of sheep are now cut by the power of fuel in lawnmowers. Pesticides are used on lawns to keep away the natural biodiversity of weeds and bugs that we don’t appreciate. We throw out our food when it contains the toxins we put into our air and water to keep from consuming this poison. We want green, but prefer an immaculate structure of uniformity over shades of green spotted with crawling species. …show more content…
This biospheric model is introduced in personality psychology and does not dissociate individuals from their environment. Instead, it provides a lens to view individual and environment from their suggested perspective. (Lester) Using this model, education can promote the connections of one whole ecosystem. These connections include the relationships between humans and non-humans and the way they their behaviors affect each other’s health. “Human perception, choice, and actions are often the phenomena that drive political, economic, or cultural decisions that lead to or respond to change in ecological systems.” (Grimm) Although the environment produces natural disasters and other uncontrollable experiences that impact human life, the power in urban production must also be recognized and used to create a greater mutualistic relationship between health of urban communities and green infrastructure. Just as the dwelling perspective shows the many environmental factors that influence the lives of urban communities, it is time that these communities recognize the health benefits that are available when taking a holistic and just approach to the implementation of green

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