In the last few years there has been a growing awareness that cities are part of the environmental solution to our problems; that, as Kaid Benfield notes, " people habitat – neighborhoods, cities, metropolitan regions – is every bit as important to the environment as natural habitat and wilderness."
It is fitting that the day after Earth Day, Kaid writes about "the new environmentalism":
Today’s environmentalism incorporates the truth that, yes, we do need to build things. We need homes, workplaces, shops, schools, streets, factories, warehouses, ports, mobility, sources of energy. We need sustenance and we need commerce. To me, the excitement in environmentalism today is in making all that as good and as sustainable as possible.
Read it all at NRDC Switchboard