With the environment, climate change, and global warming taking center stage in the national debate, the issues seem insurmountable and certainly unsolvable at the local level. Written by Chris Maser, international consultant on forest ecology, sustainable forestry practices, and sustainable development, Social-Environmental Planning: The Design Interface Between Everyforest and Everycity focuses on community based solutions, emphasizing how the heavy lifting of sustainability will always be done inside existing cities and communities. Based on the author’s forty years of experience, the book covers the sustainability of the planet and its population when dealing with climate change.
The book provides an in-depth understanding of the commonalities of pattern between Everyforest and Everycity. Maser suggests that before changes can be made, society must adapt to the circumstances of global climate change as they already are, and then determine what we can do to stabilize global climate as effectively and quickly as possible. He explores the reciprocal interface between communities and the landscape and how, when this interface is recognized and understood, it can create solutions that work. With this comprehension, people can adapt to the present and begin determining what they can do now to leave the planet a little better for each generation.
Table of Contents
The Human Dimension of Social-Environmental Planning
How We Think
Frame of Mind
Frame of Reference
Everyone Is Right from His or Her Own Perspective
Language and Communication
The Process of Communication
Barriers to Effective Communication
Nature’s Rules of Engagement in Social-Environmental Planning
The Law of Cosmic Unification
Understanding the Law of Cosmic Unification
The Inviolate Biophysical Principles
Basic Components of Design
The Negotiability of Constraints
Habitat, the Language of Boundaries
Patterns Across the Landscape
Relationship and Pattern
The Energy Interchange System
Conduits of Interchange
The Service Connection
The Transportation System: Efficiency or Effectiveness?
The Importance of Backups
Shared Relationships between Everyforest and Everycity
Cumulative Effects, Lag Periods, and Thresholds
The Triad in Everyforest
The Triad in Everycity
Age as an Archive of History
Age as an Archive
Why Save the Old?
Ecology and Economy
Gross Domestic Product
Genuine Economic Indicators
Reuniting Ecology and Economy
A Century for Healing
Toward Social-Environmental Equality in a Diverse World
The Beginnings of International Social Parity
Revisiting the Notion of Development
Social-Environmental Planning in Space and Time
Our Daily Relationships
Everyforest and Everycity as a Living Trust
Long-Term Social-Environmental Planning
Challenges for Social-Environmental Planning
Controlling Our Human Population
What We Introduce into the Environment
The Urban-Wildlife Interface
Where Leaders Dare to Go
The Questions We Ask
The Lifestyle We Choose
The Economics We Employ
The Laws and Policies We Enact
The Landscape Patterns We Create
Appendix: Common and Scientific Names of Plants and Animals
Featured Author Profiles
"Using a charismatic discourse and witty convictions, Chris Maser argues that the functionality of nature’s design can be and has been used as a guiding framework to build human communities. ... Maser’s ability to bridge scientific theory with social psychology is compelling. ... Not since Jones and Cloke’s Tree cultures: The place of trees and trees in their place (2002), and Konijnendijk’s The forest and the city: The cultural landscape of urban woodland (2008), has there been a text so comprehensively bridging urban nature, human culture, and structural process. ... Through practical logic, scientific explanation, and unparalleled social insight and intuition, Maser breaks down stereotypical absolutisms in environmental management planning. ... the book offers excellent insight into the relationships, functions, and parallels of forests and cities; human behaviour; and also management planning strategies. Set against the backdrop of global climate change, this book reinforces the idea that thinking about green nature in relation to urbanization processes is integral to developing sustainable communities in the interest of human health and quality of living."
—Adrina Bardekjian, York University, The Canadian Geographer, 2012, 56(3)
"… provides an important and unique perspective on the strong relationships and parallels between human-made systems and structures and other natural systems and structures. The convergence of the social and physical sciences; of science and spirituality; of art and science and of other previously isolated fields of endeavor and belief will be, I believe, the hallmark of this century. Chris's book elegantly weaves together two such realms of thought and understanding. … I believe this book will make a significant contribution …"
—Jane Silberstein, Bainbridge Island, Washington
"Maser makes a compelling case for the importance of maintaining Nature's processes, which ultimately sustain the quality of our life."
—R.S. Whaley, Ph. D., President, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York
"I am very impressed by the contribution you have made to Oregon's natural environment and our collective quality of life."
—John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., Governor, State of Oregon
"Author, lecturer, and international consultant on forest management issues, Chris Maser of Corvallis, Oregon, is known to some as the 'Ghandi of the Forest.' … His informed, nonadversarial approach toward environmental issues and competing interest groups has won him the respect of conservationists, government agencies, and members of the timber industry …"
—Will Hornyak, The Stewards' Journal