Monthly Question – July 2014

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Can we educate for ecological understanding in urban settings?
If so, how? If not, what does this mean for an increasingly urban world?

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  1. Molly
    Molly says:

    Nature is everywhere. On a microscopic level our bodies are full of natural elements. Most urban environments have trees and parks where birds, small mammals, etc. have their habitats. Insects are definitely everywhere.It is possible to growing vegetables indoors and I think it should be something that many of us Northern dwellers learn to do because eventually we may not be able to transport our food such long distances. It is very important for all to learn there place and how to be self-sufficient and live together with the nature in that place. As our populations grow we need to live closer together and preserve our wild places. We should, like Singapore, green our cities.

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  2. Alicia Flynn
    Alicia Flynn says:

    Yes. Urban place making is so important for all people and more-than-humans. If we take for granted/forget that under the asphalt are many many lives – microbial biota in abundance – we ‘use’ urban places as if they were inert and entirely ‘constructed’ by and for us (humans). This is damaging to our psycho-emotional-spiritual selves, our social connections and our relationships with all the other-than-human inhabitants in our local places – whether in city centres, suburbs or towns. Cultivating an ecological imagination means redefining our preconceptions of “Nature” and extending empathetic relationships with all our neighbours – benefiting greatly and in turn giving back our attention, love and commitment over time. Australia is one of the most urbanised places in the world and yet we have an out-dated parochial notion that we are ‘bush folk’. It’s time we reinvigorated our urban places and at the same time decolonized our contemporary detached/deterritorialised notions of a human constructed city, with a reimagined way of making places more enlivened and equitable for all inhabitants.

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