The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities
From rampant urbanization to the alarming spread of invasive species and the rapidly increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, human activities are impacting natural systems on a global scale, reports the New York Botanical Garden.
Nowhere is the impact of mankind on nature more evident than in cities, where forests have been razed, wetlands paved, shorelines bulwarked, and nature has been relegated to patches of parkland and isolated remnants of woodlands and wetlands.
These urban refuges retain only a fraction of their historic biodiversity, but they do provide opportunity for the more than 50% of the global population that lives in cities to engage with the wonders and mysteries of nature.
“The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities” is a symposium designed to explore the concept of novel ecosystems that are the result of urban development, and ask if these much-maligned accidents of unbridled growth could ultimately mitigate the impacts of environmental change and re-introduce the wonder of nature in cities.
Participating are Richard J. Hobbs, School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia; Peter Del Tredici, adjunct associate professor of landscape architecture, Harvard School of Design; Emma Marris, journalist, and Kate Orff, founder of Scape/Landscape Architecture and associate professor at the Columbia School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
It’s set for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. November 7, 2014, at the garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York. All the details on attending are online.