Wednesday, April 8, 2009

How Green is our City?

Image from Google Maps (satellite) - click on maps to enlarge

Image from NASA shuttle photo database

Opportunities for greening our city are endless, including water conservation, sustainability and urban forestry. What if cities stopped invading nature and nature starts invading cities? What if this became the new paradigm for commerce: such as is promoted by Paul Hawken in Ecology of Commerce. This means that business and processes produce growth and profit on the de-manufacture side as well as the manufacture side, just like the hedge funds do in either an up or down market. This allows human culture to complete the cycle, and prosper as it reduces the ecological burden and contributes to healthy ecological systems that promote all human well-being. "City of Gardens" then becomes far more than just an idealistic vision, it becomes an ecological reality.