A Few Square Feet Of Green
In the middle of a city stinking hot in the early summer afternoon, dominated by dirty concrete, glass, and steel, I looked out a window today and saw a few square feet of green, short grass, moss and a few other plants that had been allowed to grow on a roof. Through that green, I saw a couple birds, pecking for a meal.
“Green roofs can filter airborne pollutants, offset urban heat island effects, reduce carbon emissions, provide flyways for migratory species, in addition to reducing energy consumption,” writes Rebecca Bratspies of the CUNY Center for Urban Environmental Reform.
For me today, however, the greatest pleasure was in finding a small area of that was alive and unconstructed.