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Nature in the neighbourhood: rethinking the urban environment

Nature in the neighbourhood: rethinking the urban environment Urban environmental thought should begin at the neighbourhood level. Conceiving urban neighbourhoods as environments requires thinking differently about neighbourhoods and their functions. An expanded concept of a neighbourhood environment recognises and encompasses urban nature, in a physical and a social sense, and creates conceptual and actual space for building connections between humans and non-humans in urban contexts. With appropriate support and encouragement, these connections can grow into relationships that motivate human neighbours to respect non-human nature in their neighbourhoods. This provides a possible starting point for the development of moral concern and the recognition of ethical obligation for the neighbourhood environment ­ the groundwork for a neighbourhood-centred urban environmental ethics. Keywords: nature; neighbourhoods; city; urban; environment; urban nature; environmental ethics; engagement. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Ihlan, A. (2016) `: rethinking the urban environment', Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp.87­97. Biographical notes: Amy Ihlan is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Arts in Organisational Leadership program at St. Catherine University. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and her JD degree from Harvard Law School. Her scholarly research interests include environmental ethics, environmental justice, and environmental leadership http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interdisciplinary Environmental Review Inderscience Publishers

Nature in the neighbourhood: rethinking the urban environment

Interdisciplinary Environmental Review , Volume 17 (2) – Jan 1, 2016

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1521-0227
eISSN
2042-6992
DOI
10.1504/IER.2016.076140
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Abstract

Urban environmental thought should begin at the neighbourhood level. Conceiving urban neighbourhoods as environments requires thinking differently about neighbourhoods and their functions. An expanded concept of a neighbourhood environment recognises and encompasses urban nature, in a physical and a social sense, and creates conceptual and actual space for building connections between humans and non-humans in urban contexts. With appropriate support and encouragement, these connections can grow into relationships that motivate human neighbours to respect non-human nature in their neighbourhoods. This provides a possible starting point for the development of moral concern and the recognition of ethical obligation for the neighbourhood environment ­ the groundwork for a neighbourhood-centred urban environmental ethics. Keywords: nature; neighbourhoods; city; urban; environment; urban nature; environmental ethics; engagement. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Ihlan, A. (2016) `: rethinking the urban environment', Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp.87­97. Biographical notes: Amy Ihlan is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Arts in Organisational Leadership program at St. Catherine University. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and her JD degree from Harvard Law School. Her scholarly research interests include environmental ethics, environmental justice, and environmental leadership

Journal

Interdisciplinary Environmental ReviewInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2016

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