Nature and Poverty

Nature has always felt like a great equalizer to me. With a few restraints as to state and national park entry fees, nature is something made availiable for all to access. Local parks can be accessed for free for all to come and go as they please in most cases. In this, I’d like to look at the development of more structured and organized local park systems to begin tackling poverty.

After visiting the Urban Ecology Center, I was reminded of the river that runs through my hometown and how its banks have become associated with the same negative aspects that were alleviated by the center. To address the poverty in the area, I’d propose a city or county sponsored center of the same sort in similar locations that would be able to employ workers and teachers to preserve the local environments while teaching the community, much as the urban ecology center has done. Also with this, community gardens could be organized and more structured to grow produce that can be either donated or sold to help support local families and organizations.

People of all backgrounds and experience levels would be able to participate and grow from such opportunities as being able to learn and interact with the environment. Communities can be pulled together in lasting ways as respect for the environment and each other can be instilled within participants.