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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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Love of Life, Love of Place

Love of Life, Love of Place

(p.27) 2 Love of Life, Love of Place
Civic Ecology

Marianne E. Krasny

Keith G. Tidball

The MIT Press

Biophilia refers to humans’ innate “love” of or affinity for other life. One reason people care for nature after a disaster may be an urgent need to express this love, or an “urgent biophilia.” Topophilia refers to humans’ love for or attachment to a particular place. People who experience an affinity for a place are more likely to act to preserve that place. When a place we love suffers environmental degradation or loss of a sense of community, people may want to bring back the place they have lost. We refer to this desire to restore a place as restorative topophilia. Urgent biophilia and restorative topophilia are two mechanisms that explain why people steward nature in broken places—that is, why people engage in civic ecology practices.

Keywords:   Biophilia, Urgent biophilia, Topophilia, E O Wilson, John Livingston, Aldo Leopold, Arne Næss, Defiant gardens, Civic ecology

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