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We Must Learn to Love Nature Before Being Asked to Save It!

jellyfishTwo months ago I committed to write one blog per day for 365 days.  My hope was (and still is) to influence the world for good by forwarding health and sustainability.  Unfortunately I fear I've made a bit of a mistake in my approach.  A friend and former student recently criticized one of my blogs, "Olympic Angst," for being "just more doom and gloom."  As I thought about her criticism I was reminded of the book "A Sense of Wonder" by Rachel Carson and of a day I had with my children just a few weeks ago.

On the wall of the Oregon Coast Aquarium I read the quote in the photo below.

Sobel Quote

The same day I snapped this photo.


Our future depends upon our care, but our present deserves to be cherished without constant fear of loss.  Today, my message is simply to enjoy this beautiful world and the creatures we share it with.  How fortunate we are!  Please share this blog and his image with your loved ones as a reminder that we live in a truly amazing world.  After sharing this message, what else might you do to share the beauty of nature with the loved ones in your life?  Any ideas for us?

Vincent M. Smith - PhD

  • Elizabeth Markowitz

    oh and this is fun! http://meetyourneighbours.net/

  • Elizabeth Markowitz

    My articles has been around place-based education as a way of instilling a love and respect for one's own place (whatever your definition of place may be) as a starting point for building a sense of responsibility towards place and community. Then one can broaden community and add to this sense of responsibility.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.price.982 Jessica Price

    Any insights you would like to share?

  • Elizabeth Markowitz

    I just read 7 articles on this topic for my class!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.price.982 Jessica Price

    Well said Vince! There is increasing recognition that childhood and adolescent experiences in or with nature (think not just camping in the wilderness but also at the zoo) are crucial in forming people's perceptions of and appreciation for the natural world. While this could be viewed as is troubling given the disconnection of so many people (both young and old) from the natural world, it also offers us direction in inspiring an appreciation for nature and an environmental ethic in the next generation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/smith.melissa.sara Melissa Smith

    As far as what you could do on a practical level, what about an occasional blog post about someone who is getting it right? A person (scholar, activist, politician, 10 year old kid) who has done something great for the environment or has started/followed a movement. If we are going to get behind the "one person can make a change" idea, then maybe you could talk about some of those people?

    I'll think about other ideas, but I also like any post where you include photos of the outdoors--maybe just an occasional post to show off some of the beautiful pictures you take?

  • http://www.facebook.com/smith.melissa.sara Melissa Smith

    I hope you haven't taken any of MY comments to be critiques of the blog, but I will say I really liked this post today. Seeing and hearing about the change that has to take place and the work that needs to be done is overwhelming (as I have said in the past), especially when one considers the work and change that also needs to take place to help the other causes I care so deeply about.

    This post is a great reminder to just stop and take a breath sometimes. Life is good. It really is. The world is a lovely place. People aren't all out to destroy things. Sure, we have work to do. But, yes, I like the sentiment of just remembering and enjoying what it is we are fighting for.

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