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Plants and peopleAuthor(s): Kathryn Lynch
Source: Clearing: a resource journal of environmental and place based education
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionSalal! Salmonberries! Sword ferns! The Northwest is home to a great number of native plant species that humans have used for centuries. Sadly, many local children are unaware of the history and culture connecting people and plants. Yet, from the beginning of time, plants have provided us food, medicine, and material for clothing, shelter, transportation, decoration, spiritual practices and so much more. And people today from diverse cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds continue to gather plants for a broad range of reasons. Unfortunately, these relationships are often invisible or obscured in our modern world – or only discussed in history lessons, so that children are unaware of the current living bond they have with the plant world. This is a missed opportunity. As Sobel and Louv and others have argued, children must first love the natural world if they are to be motivated to protect it, and they develop that love through direct, personal connections. In response, the
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CitationLynch, Kathryn. 2012. Plants and people. Clearing: a resource journal of environmental and placebased education: 2012 compendium. 11 p.
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