Sustainable skateboards

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A 13-year-old boy, beanie hat covering his shaggy hair, practices grinding his skateboard down a handrail in a busy urban neighborhood until a police officer chases him away.

Vivoni theorizes that skateboarders' love of their skate spots leads to a heightened  care of these environments. Photo: Kristen Oliver.

Skateboarders’ love of skate spots, like this one in Lansing, Michigan, leads to a heightened care of these environments. Photo: Kristen Oliver.

He may not sound like a typical environmentalist.

But skateboarders are agents of an alternative type of sustainability, according to a recent article published by the academic publishing company Taylor and Francis and written by Francisco Vivoni Gallart, visiting assistant professor of sociology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The original research article was published in a special issue of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, which focused on children, young people and sustainability. Browse the table of contents of the full issue here.

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