Nature strips are very common in Melbourne. These nature strips are a symbol of space, health and environment in the city. The nature strip origins goes back to the 19th century as a way to trap dust coming up from the unpaved roads, but today their role is solely visual.
Have you heard of the term YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard)? It is a movement opposite to NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard). According to urban planners, NIMBY means people will not support a change in the urban landscape, as it will affect their private space.
As a part of the Sustainable Living Festival 2013 (our 6th time to participate!), Urban Reforestation ran a workshop called "new way of being". In essence the workshop was about 'being' in a natural environment in the middle of the city.
Here are reports by Urban Reforestation regarding our project Target 3008 in the Docklands, Melbourne, supported by the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund and a large amount of in-kind support.
It is wonderful to see "Urban Reforestation" happening in a very progressive way in New York City. This is a model to inspire other cities, like Melbourne! So, here is a run-down of what "Reforestation" means to New York City, headed up by Mayor Bloomberg as part of PlaNYC to make New York City greener and more sustainable by 2030.