Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology

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Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology

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The actions of ordinary people are often absent in studies of urban renewal and urban ecology. Around the world, people who are fed up with environmental degradation and the breakdown of their communities come together to transform blighted vacant lots, trashed-out stream corridors, polluted estuaries, and other “broken places.” Civic ecology practices—such as community gardening, wetlands restoration, river cleanups, and tree planting—are a means for people to express resilience and rebuild communities marked by disaster and disinvestment.

Civic ecology draws on psychology, sociology, political science, education, ecology, and social-ecological systems resilience to understand how and why people care for nature and their communities.

Throughout this course, you will:

  • Explore the people, places, and practices that restore nature and revitalize neighborhoods, making a difference in ways big and small.
  • Discuss and evaluat...

The actions of ordinary people are often absent in studies of urban renewal and urban ecology. Around the world, people who are fed up with environmental degradation and the breakdown of their communities come together to transform blighted vacant lots, trashed-out stream corridors, polluted estuaries, and other “broken places.” Civic ecology practices—such as community gardening, wetlands restoration, river cleanups, and tree planting—are a means for people to express resilience and rebuild communities marked by disaster and disinvestment.

Civic ecology draws on psychology, sociology, political science, education, ecology, and social-ecological systems resilience to understand how and why people care for nature and their communities.

Throughout this course, you will:

  • Explore the people, places, and practices that restore nature and revitalize neighborhoods, making a difference in ways big and small.
  • Discuss and evaluate contemporary thinking in resilience, social-ecological systems, and the relationship between nature and human/community wellbeing.
  • Grasp an understanding of how civic ecology enables those with limited resources to defy and cope with daily struggles, including after disaster and war.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skill set to enact change in your own community.
  • Participate in a civic ecology service learning project to turn classroom learning into real-life application.

This course is ideal for a learner who is intrigued by both social and environmental concerns, or simply has a desire to dive into an emerging 21st century, cross-disciplinary subject area. You will complete this course with a keener awareness of social-ecological issues and concerns, as well as a greater knowledge of the practical steps required to rebuild and maintain community and nature in a world marked by inequality, conflict, and climate change.

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Gunhild Jonsson

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 1 month ago
This course is an excellent one for people of all ages wanting to engage usefully with their community and green spaces. It is as relevant for retirees who want to get involved as it is for school kids. The project is a really good idea although if you don't have a current civic ecology practice to work on it can take some time to get started as I've discovered. I will recommend this course to my on-line learners group - I think it is well suited for group or "buddy" study.
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Assefa Dibaba

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 7 months ago
This course is an eye-opener for me as an educator and poet who aims at writing Nature Poetry and also focusing my research interest on ETHNOECOLOGY, or Cultural Ecology, in rural Africa, Ethiopia (Oromia). Even though the contents center on the professor's urban-based experience, it serves as a springboard for researcher who plans to engage rural communities in a social-ecological stewardship. I took this course and working on my Project for an EXPERT CERTIFICATE. Thank you all Assefa Dibaba
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3 years, 8 months ago
Well suited for high school or elementary school audiences. Relevant also for people who want to get involved in improving their urban environment. Course goes directly into how to fix broken urban environments and provides examples of successes to inspire learners. Some excellent readings by conservationists.
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