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dc.contributor.authorRoy, Devjani
dc.date.accessioned2022-04-08T11:34:54Z
dc.date.issued2022-04
dc.identifier.citationRoy, Devjani. "Environmental Policy Lessons from Roman Agrarian Philosophy." M-RCBG Associate Working Paper Series 2022.180, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, April 2022.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://nrs.harvard.edu/URN-3:HUL.INSTREPOS:37371317*
dc.description.abstractThis essay examines Roman agrarian philosophy and poetry, with a focus on the works of Cato, Varro, and Virgil, to argue that these texts are prescient in their vision of the sustainable city: one in which economic growth is balanced with the environmental needs of urban ecosystems, while also maintaining resource efficiency that minimizes the impact on the global climate system. I also draw lessons from the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that the pandemic conclusively demonstrates how diseases are connected to interdependent urban and peri-urban ecosystems shared by both humans and animals, and making the case for improvements in the global public health infrastructure. Finally, I argue that creating the sustainable city requires changing the collective cultural mindset: that the goal of reducing the adverse per-capita environmental impact of cities is imperative for enlightened urban planning. Ultimately, the essay considers policy lessons that can be drawn from Roman agrarian philosophical texts: that the sustainable city is an environmentally resilient habitat that also ensures future generations can enjoy the same.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherMossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Governmenten_US
dash.licenseOAP
dc.titleEnvironmental Policy Lessons from Roman Agrarian Philosophyen_US
dc.typeResearch Paper or Reporten_US
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dc.relation.journalM-RCBG Associate Working Paper Seriesen_US
dc.date.available2022-04-08T11:34:54Z
dash.contributor.affiliatedRoy, Devjani


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