Los­ing touch

Northern Living - - CONTENTS -

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.

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