MICROARTICLE #Mobility & Flows

Species in Flux

By: Rosa Pintos Hanhausen

MICROARTICLE Mobility & Flows 
Wissensstadt Berlin 2021

Published on June 26, 2021

Through our mobility infrastructures we have altered many ecosystems, bringing foreign species into new habitats. Through trade routes Europe acquired new food ingredients from other parts of the world, like maize or potatoes, now very present in German cuisine. This could sound enriching but it can quickly turn dangerous, as some of the incoming species become a threat to the native ones due to the lack of natural predators. We have transported animals, plants, insects—even plagues—around the world, and the recent pandemic has made it extremely clear how interconnected we are.

We often forget about other species’ existence and wildlife tends to survive at the margin of our infrastructures, which are highly human-centered and behave like borders that interrupt flows of other earthly creatures. The so-called wildlife or green corridors are areas of habitat connecting wildlife populations separated by human activities or structures. In Berlin it is possible to find 20 of these that link residential areas with the diverse urban green spaces in and outside of the city. These are key in increasing permeability of city borders for other-than-humans. 




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