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Civic EcologyAdaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up$
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Marianne E. Krasny and Keith G. Tidball

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028653

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028653.001.0001

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Civic Ecology

Marianne E. Krasny

Keith G. Tidball

The MIT Press

Marvin Gaye Park in Washington DC wasn’t always a nice pathway along Watts Branch Creek. Not long ago, it was a “broken place” – strewn with litter and frequented by drug addicts. Still today, trash abounds in the creek, and young people from nearby neighborhoods wade into the water to extract the trash from a weir called a Bandalong trap. The transformation of the Watts Branch to a park and the ongoing stewardship of the creek, illustrate the ten principles of civic ecology The ten principles of civic ecology address four questions. Why do people turn to community environmental stewardship in cities, after disasters, and in other harsh environments? • What are the parts—the communities, the memories, the places, the people, and the ecosystem, health, and learning outcomes—that pieced together become civic ecology practices? • How do civic ecology practices interact with the systems surrounding them, including governance and larger-scale social-ecological systems? • How might policymakers benefit from and support civic ecology practices?

Keywords:   Anacostia, Earth Conservation Corps, Marvin Gaye Park, Civic ecology, Civic ecology principles, Social learning, Community, Environment, Social-ecological systems, Resilience

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