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Countryside within the City: A Motivating Vision behind Civic Green Area Stewardship in Warsaw, Poland

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Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden
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Department of Building Engineering, Energy Systems and Sustainability Science, University of Gävle, SE-80176 Gävle, Sweden
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The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, SE-10405 Stockholm, Sweden
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Sustainability 2020, 12(6), 2313; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062313
Received: 19 February 2020 / Revised: 11 March 2020 / Accepted: 13 March 2020 / Published: 16 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Social Ecology and Sustainability)
In the midst of the epoch of the Urban Anthropocene, citizen engagement is an important step on the path of creating local and global sustainability. However, the factors that motivate civic urban dwellers to become voluntary stewards of nature environments inside cities need research. This is an empirical study based on deep interviews and a grounded theory approach focused on the “inner world” of people in Warsaw, Poland, that engage in green area stewardship. Our approach reveals a commonly shared vision as the prime motivator powering agency in green area stewardship. This vision was articulated as creating a countryside within the city characterized by a stronger sense of community, a shared sense of place and an enhanced connection with nature. While other studies have found inner values or direct benefits as motivating factors for engaging in urban stewardship, we instead found a green vision for re-designing what the “urban” could be like as the prime motivator for transformation—a vision with potential global sustainability implications. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental management; community gardens; urban stewardship; social-ecological systems; qualitative analysis; grounded theory; green area activism; community; place; values environmental management; community gardens; urban stewardship; social-ecological systems; qualitative analysis; grounded theory; green area activism; community; place; values
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Sanecka, J.; Barthel, S.; Colding, J. Countryside within the City: A Motivating Vision behind Civic Green Area Stewardship in Warsaw, Poland. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2313. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062313

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Sanecka J, Barthel S, Colding J. Countryside within the City: A Motivating Vision behind Civic Green Area Stewardship in Warsaw, Poland. Sustainability. 2020; 12(6):2313. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062313

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Sanecka, Joanna, Stephan Barthel, and Johan Colding. 2020. "Countryside within the City: A Motivating Vision behind Civic Green Area Stewardship in Warsaw, Poland" Sustainability 12, no. 6: 2313. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062313

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