09 Apr '11, 10pm

Memory, The Most Important Overlooked Environmental Tool?

Memory, The Most Important Overlooked Environmental Tool?

So much of environmentalism is about looking forward. Looking forward to the more socially and ecologically sustainable world we're trying to create. Looking forward via climate modeling, projections of energy use, resource consumption, and population growth, to attempt to foretell the type of world we, our children and grandchildren will have to deal with, adapt to, and live in. That's important stuff, no doubt. But how much of that looking forward is constrained by our seeming inability to remember the past? Is our collective cultural memory (or sometimes lack thereof and oftentimes quickly diminishing) a critically important and neglected factor in environmental thinking? If you've gleaned where I'm going with this, that I do think we ought to be doing some more self-reflection, both personally and collectively, about what we remember, what our parents remember and what...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/environment/blog/memory-the-m...

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