Only recently, I discovered an excellent resource on fighting sprawl on
the website of the David Suzuki foundation ( http://www.davidsuzuki.org
). David Suzuki is probably one of Canada's best known scientists due
to his tireless work over more than three decades in popularizing
science on CBC TV and Radio (programmes including Suzuki on Science,
Quirks and Quarks, The Nature of Things); he has been one of the most
prominent advocates for environmental responsibility, and his
foundation is one of the ways he and his associates continue to carry
out this work.
The page on sprawl is at this address:
The Suzuki Foundation published a report, Understanding Sprawl, and an
accompanying citizens' action toolkit, Driven to Action, in 2003:
these are available in printed form from the foundation and can also be
downloaded as PDF documents from the page linked to above.
The report is a 28 page document chock full of arguments and statistics
covering the environmental, human and economic costs of sprawl, well
worth a read. The action toolkit contains five succinct, four-page
documents oriented toward citizen action against sprawl: "Getting
started", "Sprawl facts" (a condensed version of the full report),
"Shaping decisions" (how to connect with decision-makers to work
against sprawl), "Working with the media" (on getting the message
across in the media), and "Tools" (examples for a flyer and putting
together a community sprawl survey).
The materials are, of course, tailored to the Canadian context but they
can easily be adapted to other situations. Highly recommended for
anyone interested in community activism: go take a look!
Washington DC/Mount Rainier, Maryland
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