Why the Suburbs Are Terrible for Us (and the Planet)

From “Our Changing Climate”. ( YouTube / Nebula )

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In this Our Changing Climate climate change video essay, I look at why the suburbs are so terrible for people and the planet. Specifically, I look at the racist history of the suburbs in the United States in order to understand how the suburbs came about. The suburbs have a dark history of white supremacy and settler colonialism that suburbanites still wrestle with today. Suburban design, a result of white flight and fear of the perceived ills of the city, locked in a way of living and a way of moving about the landscape that is incompatible with the environment. The suburban lifestyle is not sustainable, both in terms of our well-being and our planet.

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Timestamps:
0:00 – Intro
1:38 – Settler-Colonial Roots
5:57 – How Racism Made the Suburbs
10:06 – Suburbia’s Environmental Destruction
12:28 – Building for the Planet and People
15:15 – Check Out the Nebula Companion Video
17:44 – What To Watch Next

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Further Reading and Resources: https://fascinated-soccer-ac0.notion.site/The-Suburbs-Resources-8fcb70f1d220440a9f9c9a2c851245a4

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