When we think of environmentalism we tend to think of the preservation of pristine tracts of land far removed from civilization or of “green living” where we try to minimize the environmental impact of our daily urban existence.
However, there seems to be a paradigm shift in the approach to environmentalism, where environmentalists are now trying to restore bits of land and water to their natural condition–within cities.
For example in New York there is a effort underway to restore the Bronx River, which was used as dumping ground for sewage and industrial waste in the 19th and 20th centuries.
In the borough of Brooklyn people are looking at ways to “restore” a man-made waterway known as the Gowanus Canal.
And in Maryland people are trying to restore the Anacostia River, which flows through Washington D.C., and has been used as a raw sewage dump.