Global Issues Discussion and the Vision for the Urban Ecology Center
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CDT
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Introduction to understanding a system followed by an overview of the global environmental crisis and the UEC’s theory of change. The UEC model is introduced, showing the power of revitalizing urban neighborhoods through natural areas, addressing urban inequity, urban crisis, and separation from nature. Participants see the potential of what the UEC model offers (Leinbach, Urban Ecology, Introduction, Chapters 1, 6, & 10).
- Collective Impact.
- Theory of change: if conditions are created to make sure that the children in one neighborhood grow up with and experience – with the help of adults as mentors – an environmental ethic, a way of being in concert with the natural systems on this planet, then it could be replicated in other neighborhoods. If enough neighborhoods participate, a whole city could be transformed. Then, the system could be transferred into neighborhoods and cities worldwide. The goal is to transform the human/nature relationship so that the lifestyles of all humans on our beautiful planet would support the connected relationships of the ecosystems of Earth, which sustain us.
- Ancillary impacts.
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