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Greening Our Cities Can Lead to Greater Social Equity
The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.
– Luther Standing Bear (1868-1939)
One of the first Native American actors, authors, philosophers and educators, Aglala Lakota Chief Luther Standing Bear understood that our relationship to nature influences how we treat one another. It follows then, that if we aggressively introduce nature back into our cities to adapt to climate change, this should also lead to greater respect and social equity. This Social Equity Issue of the LAM explores some of these ideas in the context of increasing green infrastructure in our communities. Currently, the greatest opportunity for making progress on both fronts appears to be found in the way rooftop farms