Ordinary Environmentalism in Cities

Authors: Nathalie Blanc*, , Flaminia Paddeu, University Paris 13
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Human-Environment Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: Everyday practices, cities, stewardship, civic environmentalism
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon A3, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Our hypothesis is that ecological transformation involves citizen mobilization, the cultural transformation of relationships with the environment. Less than social movements, we need to think more of the socio-environmental communities, which are formed through joint action on a material environment—landscapes, life environments, environments— thought in the context of solidarities but also conflicts of territoriality, in which human collectives associate with the living and the environment to fight against other uses of space. The environment as a collective work then becomes a self-sustaining encouragement to action, which allow the rise in competence and legitimacy of the actors (citizens, formal and informal collectives..) and their role in socio-ecological transition. We thus see emerging environmental citizenships of a new kind that deviate from political militancy and testify to a civic engagement in ordinary practices, a collective environmentalism that contribute to calling on public action and democracy.

What we call ordinary environmentalism is to take into account environmental practices that have hitherto been considered negligible and to emphasize their valorization in the case of a democratization of the co-production of everyday and ordinary environments. The question is to think of the emergence of ordinary environmentalism in relation to the distributions and inequalities in the territories from an environmental and physical point of view as well as from a social point of view or from political commitment.

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