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EQUITY
Small green spaces offer nearby
connections to nature and possess an
important history.
Rethinking and More Broadly Defining
Access to Green Spaces
By Jameelah Muhammad
hen thinking about national parks, the first thing that
might come to mind is a picturesque mountainscape
or endless rows of lush green pine trees. Those images
might include people hiking, camping and enjoying nature
in what appears to be the most remote locations. These places are
treasured and beautiful parts of the public lands system, but right now,
millions of people don't have access to nature, whether it's a sweeping
vista or a local park.
The 30x30 initiative seeks
to
protect these landscapes to protect
the green infrastructure we need
to take on climate change, and to
ensure future generations have access
to nature for recreation and
enjoyment. It is true that some
of the most beautiful and aweinspiring
landscapes can be found
in many places that have been
protected for such purposes, but
we should not think that 30x30 is
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limited to the most iconic public
lands. Smaller green spaces also
deserve our attention, care and
protection. These green spaces offer
nearby connections to nature
and possess an important history,
often memorializing untold
stories of the communities and
people who did so much to shape
and cultivate the land. One example
is the Ancient African and Indigenous
Burial Grounds (tinyurl.
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com/2za7ewrr). In my hometown
of Hartford, Connecticut, an Ancient
African Burial Ground is an
important community resource
and significant piece of history.
Preserving these spaces and providing
space for the community to
reflect and engage with them help
us remember these people and
their stories, in addition to providing
critical green space.
In addition to these larger
protected landscapes, there
are many pocket parks (tinyurl.
com/3aaax3d8) and similar unprotected
green spaces in cities.
These spaces not only are a source
of natural beauty and healing,
but also they have cultural significance
worth preserving and protecting.
Many places that do not
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