The Ecology Of Fear By Mike Davis

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Earthquakes, fires, tornados and many more are part of one branch of disaster and are known the most. Poverty, famine and political upheaving are also disasters. These are known as economic disasters and affect society in many ways. We can then define disaster as being any event, natural or economical, that causes impairment of the natural/urban environment. Many regions of the world face these challenges, and Los Angeles is a part of these. The Ecology of Fear, by Mike Davis, claims that the urbanization of Los Angeles has led to fear of the natural environment. As a result, an “apocalyptic” society was made and is not able to interact with its natural environment. The city of Los Angeles was developed in harm’s way. “Market driven urbanization transgressed environmental common sense” (pg.9). Categorized hazardous areas, such as a floodplains and wildfire prone regions, were developed into suburban areas and industrial districts. As a result, Los Angeles has secured many disaster tragedies in its future, with “higher body counts and greater distress” (p.55). “We are not victims of sprawl…we are sprawl!” Urbanization in Los Angeles was through “Selfish, profit-driven presentism” (pg.65). This has deafened Angelenos (natives to Los Angeles) to the warnings of environmentalists who have cautioned about environmental crises and ways to prevent them. This later becomes linked to social injustice. For example, when homes are on fire in Malibu, where they should have never
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