The Risks and Rewards of Being Black in Nature

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Update: You can read the original, long version (i.e. 23 pages) of this essay here.

I first learned about the concept of “nearby nature” in graduate school. The term was coined by Rachel Kaplan and Stephan Kaplan in their 1989 book, The Experience of Nature. The Kaplans define this form of nature as a space that contains “one or more plants…that is proximal [and] it can be indoors or…