“NIMBY- not in my backyard: used to express opposition by local citizens to the locating in their neighborhood of a civic project, as a jail, garbage dump, or drug rehabilitation center, that, though needed by the larger community, is considered unsightly, dangerous, or likely to lead to decreased property values.”
In class we discussed direct and indirect experiences with nature. When people have direct contact with environmental issues, they are more likely to want to change the situation. The people who are not directly affected by pollution, poor waste management, and over population will be able to not worry about these problems and delay fixing them. This is idea is commonly referred to as not in my back yard syndrome (NIMBY). Unsightly or potentially dangerous operations often are placed in poorer areas where the citizens have little political/ financial influence. These poor communities often suffer greatly from these industries and dumps, yet they rarely reap any reward. We see this now in Standing Rock, in Flint Michigan, and in fracking towns of poor rural Ohio.
I think the location of mining towns, city dumps, and heavy industry is an important factor on why certain legislation isn’t being created to make our country more environmentally friendly. Poorer neighborhoods are usually subject to other social and financial burdens along with environmental and public health issues. This makes it even harder for them to make changes on poor environmental practices which affect them. More affluent neighborhoods can easily take swift action when environmental problems arise in their neighborhoods or when something unwanted, like industry or a dump is proposed to be in their neighborhood. This effects the citizens “sense of place” depending on what their neighborhoods are subjected to and what their neighborhoods can block. NIMBY syndrome can affect the self-identity and the collective identity of the people in these communities. I think in turn this will shape the view of how we perceive country wide and global scale environmental issues. In my opinion it also affects how urgent the need for political action on certain issues seems, depending on where you live and what issues your smaller community faces.