09 May '11, 1pm

Ecological & human diversity - Sustainability & creativity - Bedrocks of resilent communities - Kaid_at_NRDC-

Ecological & human diversity - Sustainability & creativity - Bedrocks of resilent communities - Kaid_at_NRDC-

I have been thinking, of late, about immigrants. This may be because it has now been a full year since the enactment of Arizona’s harsh and notorious legislation that targets illegal immigrants. It may also be because I have just finished writing a book about my own family’s rich history. All this got me to thinking about diversity as an ecological and socio-economic construct, and one that surely applies to sustainable communities. How does all this fit together? (Today’s entry is a guest post from my friend and frequent collaborator Lee Epstein. All the words are Lee's; I researched and added the photos.) Ecological diversity and community diversity In these things, there is myth and there is reality, theory and proven facts. We know from a great deal of ecological research over the years that ecological diversity -- species’ richness and variance -- lends significant st...

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