Decoupling without Disconnection
Conservation and Democracy in an Urbanized World
We live in an increasingly urbanized world. More than half of the people on the planet live in cities. By 2050, it is predicted that 64 percent of the developing world and 86 percent of the developed world will be urbanized. Cities will continue to be the centers of global power, and the voting patterns, consumption decisions, and other political and economic practices of urban citizens will shape conservation in the 21st century. The urban is where a democratic politics of conservation for the Anthropocene needs to start.