That which is untouched, is unloved

How we define ‘nature’ defines our relation with nature, Emma Marris argues. She invites us to take a different perspective on environmental care. In a way one could say she advocates for a child’s perspective on nature. I think the point she makes is worth considering. We need to get back in touch with nature, we need to get our children to be in touch with nature. Because “that which is untouched, is unloved.” Education, as so often when humanity faces fundamental problems, is of key importance here.

See Emma Marris’ TED talk here.

(For a more in-depth discussion of and challenge to Western concepts of nature and the distinctions we make between the natural and the human, I recommend reading this book.)

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