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Community gardening and forestry, participatory watershed restoration…in communities around the world there is a growing phenomenon. People are coming together to rebuild and restore local environments affected by crisis, disaster, or neglect. 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 to heal themselves. Marianne Krasny will share stories of this emerging grassroots environmental stewardship, arguing that humans’ innate love of nature and attachment to place compels them to restore nature and places that are threatened, destroyed, or lost. She’ll also report examples of nature and community exerting a healing and restorative power on their stewards and of the measurable effects of civic ecology on individuals and communities. Whether you are an outreach organization, a volunteer, or a resident of an area that would benefit from such community engagement, Maryanne Krasny will inspire you towards action and the societal and environmental rewards that come from participation.
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.
Also attend a Civic Ecology Service Day with Marianne at Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center on Saturday, March 5.
Presented jointly by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Marianne Krasny was recently inducted as an international fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.
Read her recent blog post: How to Reclaim Broken Public Places: From Dirty Streets in Bangalore to a Ragged River in L.A., Revival Requires Community. Zocalo Public Square.