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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

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

Keith G. Tidball

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028653.003.0003

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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