Sus Environments Assignment 4 - Cara Heenan Sustainable Environments Rats to Roses Assignment 4 Community gardens in New York offer many environmental

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Cara Heenan Sustainable Environments “Rats to Roses” Assignment 4 Community gardens in New York offer many environmental, cultural, and social benefits. Environmentally, the community gardens changed New York in terms of turning areas of waste into areas of growth and opportunity. Most of the garden locations were originally empty lots filled with trash, such as tires and debris. The people of the community gardens clean it up by hand and transform it into a place where plants could live and thrive. The connection made to nature in a place so industrial and sterile is truly remarkable, and offers sustainability for generations to come in terms of resources. In addition, the gardens cut back on food transportation and provide a local source of food that doesn’t require oil use to transport it. The gardens allow most food needs to be met right from inside the city. The gardens eliminate areas of waste, create a local source of food, and help to feed the hungry poor population that makes up a significant portion of New York and the population involved in the gardens. Culturally, the community gardens in New York were completely interracial. New York already has a melting pot culture unlike any in the world, and the gardens created an opportunity for poor and middle-class people of every ethnic background to work together for the betterment of everyone involved. The movie mentions how Puerto Ricans, Southern Blacks, Mexicans,
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