By Haley Parzonko.
Cairo is an example of the trend of megacities with rapid growth in size and environmental inequality, marked by a dual reality between informal areas with high congestion and pollution levels and lack of green space, and exclusive new high-end desert cities with ample spacing and private access to nature. This trend is facilitated by state deregulation, privatization and commodification of urban space.
By Ana Diaz Vidal, Clara Freudenberg, Isabelle Darmon.
Through green rankings and strategies for sustainability and climate virtue, universities attract and reproduce wealth, driving high consumption – paradoxically exacerbating climate change and unsustainability. Only attending to inequalities can universities do away with the carbon fetish and work for actual sustainability. University staff and students, embarked on a UK-wide strike against staff exploitation and rising costs, need to make this point loud and clear!
By Margarita Triguero-Mas, Mario Fontán-Vela.
Despite Portland’s reputation as a champion of sustainability, the city still struggles to overcome its legacy of racist policies and environmental injustice when it comes to the inclusion of Black residents.
By Daniela Schofield.
Notions of climate change adaptation used for policymaking and planning often fail to be grounded in everyday realities of those practicing adaptation on a micro-level. Imbuing urban political ecology with such realities and their gendered dimensions can work to expand our understanding of urban environments and better inform policy and planning.
By Dimitar Tsigoriyn, Paula Paraschiv, Iris Wiggerts and Sara Zimmermann.
It is important to deconstruct who and what we honour and remember through the monuments and representations of history in our cities, as well as to reflect on how, and on what grounds, we bring about this remembrance.
By Kelsey Poljacik and Rebecca Walker.
The newest contribution to the “Green Inequalities in the City” series analyzes the complex relationship between community gardens and gentrification in Minneapolis, and the choices and tensions community leaders face in shaping the impact these gardens have on their neighborhoods.
By Vanina P. Santy
The relation between urbanization, environmental degradation and public health demands a renewed debate, particularly in the present context of a pandemic. What are the impacts of the destruction of urban ecosystems on residents’ well-being? And how do social movements contribute to the visibility of this problem and the conservation of such places?
By Panagiota Kotsila.
Nature-based Solutions (NBS) are broadly perceived as positive ‘triple-win’ strategies, though they have so far shown contradictions and limited transformational potential for advancing environmental justice and sustainability in cities. We can, however, recover the underlying idea of respecting and protecting biodiversity as well as caring for and with nature to repair or transform some of our broken systems.