Green Infrastructure and Stranded Landscapes

in Waste Matters: Adaptive Reuse for Productive Landscapes
edited By Nikole Bouchard

Buy: Routledge (2020): 256 pages

The emission of carbon dioxide released through the burning of fossil fuels has precipitated an increased greenhouse effect and consequent global warming. The 2018 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that to avoid the worst effects of climate change, the increase of global temperatures must be limited to 1.5°C. The Green New Deal does not directly fund innovation but rather proposes spending public money to increase the amount of construction and connect isolated projects. As the IPCC warns, urgency is critical if global warming is to be held under 1.5°C, and global net carbon-dioxide emissions must decline by 45 percent before 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. This chapter argues that emerging is a vision of a low-cost vegetal labor force introduced to do the work of mitigating further economic and environmental devaluation and risk. And, like the visions of the Green New Deal infrastructure, the emerging aesthetic resembles the Picturesque, but with significant differences.