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The Coming of Age of the Green Community

My neighbourhood, my planet

By Erik Bichard

Routledge – 2014 – 152 pages

Series: Routledge Explorations in Environmental Studies

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    978-0-415-51761-4
    September 12th 2013

Description

People organising to protect their environment is not a new phenomenon, but the groups that have been pushing for environmental change since the 1970s have not convinced sufficient numbers make sustainable decisions or to lead sustainable lives. Governments have serially failed to do the job at the international level. Now, climate change, resource depletion and widening social aspirations threaten to destabilise human society unless sustainable change can be influenced from another direction. The Coming of Age of the Green Community explores the activities of a new generation of community-led initiatives that may herald the beginnings of the next wave of activism. Erik Bichard combines the testimonies of dozens of group activists with historic evidence and the views of a range of commentators from a variety of disciplines to put forward reasons why some green community groups succeed while others fail. He concludes with a valuable prescription for both existing and emerging groups on how to be sustainable, both over time and in their actions. This book address one of the key questions of the twenty-first century: has the local perspective on this universal concern finally come of age?

Contents

1. What’s My Motivation?: Why People have co-operated on Protecting the Environment 2. Diggers Stand Up for Glory: Localism and the Environment 3. Is it Really that Hard Being Green?: Perspectives on Running Modern Green Communities 4. It’s not about the Money: Funding and its Role in the Perpetuation of Local Green Groups 5. What has the Council Ever Done for us?: The role of the State in supporting Green Communities 6. I’m Bored: The Battle to keep Memberships Interested in the Cause 7. The Next Big Thing or the Only Thing?: Strategies to Perpetuate the Current Wave of Green Community Organisations in the Future

Author Bio

Erik Bichard is Professor of Regeneration and Sustainable Development at the University of Salford, UK.

Name: The Coming of Age of the Green Community: My neighbourhood, my planet (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Erik Bichard. People organising to protect their environment is not a new phenomenon, but the groups that have been pushing for environmental change since the 1970s have not convinced sufficient numbers make sustainable decisions or to lead sustainable lives...
Categories: Environmental Studies, Environmental Policy, Environment & Society, Environmental Economics, Environment & the City, Conservation - Environment Studies, Environmental Politics, Environmental Law - Law, Community Planning and Planning Techniques, Housing and Communities, Planning and Sustainability