Posted on September 4, 2008 by Tia Lalani
Professorial Lecture with Glen Hvenegaard
Augustana Campus, Faith & Life Chapel
Many driving forces contribute to the loss of natural places. If these places lack significant meaning, such losses will continue. Meaning suggests an emotional and symbolic attachment to a place. According to Wendell Berry, “you can’t know who you are until you know where you are.” When people develop their own sense of place, they build on their own innate appreciation of the natural world, increase personal awareness, can contribute to more appropriate resource management, and acquire skills to confidently face an uncertain future. We can help develop our own and others’ sense of place in natural areas by providing formal and informal opportunities for physical and social interactions both in and with those places. To nurture meaning for families, children, landowners, students, and communities, a variety of strategies are needed. Such efforts can help develop new options for conserving these vital natural places.
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