WIT Press


Developing A Sustainable Land Ethic In 21st Century Cities

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ARC120131

Volume

165

Pages

9

Page Range

139 - 147

Published

2013

Size

323 kb

Author(s)

G. E. Kirsch

Abstract

As more and more of the world’s population lives in urban environments, we are faced with questions of quality of life, urban regeneration, sustainability and living in harmony with nature. Drawing on the work of Aldo Leopold, one of the most renowned figures in conservation, wildlife ecology, and environmental ethics, I argue that we need to develop an urban land ethic, one that pays attention to how access to land and water fronts, to parks and playgrounds is intimately tied to health, safety, recreation, and the ability of families to raise children in an urban environment. I use a specific local example from Boston, Massachusetts (USA) to illustrate my argument: I examine the Boston Esplanade Association’s 2020 Vision Study that articulates the importance of parklands, recreation, ecology, and nature for city residents. Keywords: urban land ethic, Aldo Leopold, quality of life, families in cities, parklands and green spaces, sustainable cities, Esplanade 2020 Vision, Boston USA.

Keywords

urban land ethic, Aldo Leopold, quality of life, families in cities, parklands and green spaces, sustainable cities, Esplanade 2020 Vision, Boston USA