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“Whenever a disturbance or perturbation such as a road violates an established ecosystem, aggressive and invasive weeds like thistle and broom take over bare ground and spread quickly, establishing temporary primacy. These opportunistic species are suited to what are sometimes called ‘immature’ systems. The plants compete for sunlight in order to capture the maximum available energy while trying to cover the raw earth as quickly as possible. In such a system, energy is wasted, diversity is minimal, and the plants are generally of lower quality and usefulness. Their life cycles are short, being mostly annuals; while their output is prodigious, their use of resources is not very efficient. As anyone who has observed, day by day, the changes on a patch of land cleared in the spring knows, this colonization can happen within weeks.”
Paul Hawken, The Ecology of Commerce
gen·tri·fi·ca·tion (jen´trə fí kā ´shən) 1. the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, thus improving property values by often displacing low-income families and small businesses.
ster·i·li·za·tion (ster´ə lī´ zā ´shən) 5. Informal. the to isolation or complete protection from unwanted, unauthorized, or unwholesome activities, attitudes, influences, etc.
glob·a·li·za·tion (glō´bə lī´ zā ´shən) 1. the act of extending to other or all parts of the globe; to make worldwide