We’re lucky to find pockets of greenery across the metro. With trees cut to widen roads and parks demolished to construct more buildings, we’ve become accustomed to living in such gray spaces, even possibly failing to recall how to live in a place that used to be lush and inspiring.
Psychologist Peter H. Kahn, Jr. pointed out this growing estrangement from nature among younger generations and called it Environmental Generational Amnesia, a pressing matter that has often been overlooked.
According to Kahn, it is a study on how children rationalize environmental problems and what happens to children’s affinity towards nature and their sensibilities when they grow up in environmentally degraded conditions.
It’s good that local eco-tourism is constantly booming and social media has been an essential tool to promote the wonders of nature. Open spaces are now a luxury in our urban communities, so this month, the team drove for four hours away from the city—away from the usual city conundrums—to take refuge in Casa San Miguel. After the Pinatubo eruption, owner Coke Bolipata turned back to nature and created a music and art school.