Knowing the context and history of environment will help us become more connected to the environment:
When we think about or go into our environment, we often just see it as it is.
We notice the colours of the leaves change, the drying of the cement after a rainstorm, and the grass moving with the wind. We are connected to the nature through experiences that we encounter everyday but have we ever wondered about the history and stories that are embedded in our environment? After reading Canoe Pedagogy and Colonial History: Exploring contested spaces of outdoor environment Education by Liz Newberry, I realized that it is very important for us to understand the history and context of our enviroment which will enable us to connect in a deeper way.
The land that we and others have lived on, the trees we see, the grass we smell, and the water we touch all have stories of their own that needs to be told. They have all encounter different struggles, relationships with people and animals, developed stories and knowledge that should be shared. Newberry describes, “the very place of outdoor education—the outdoors, the land—bears a heavy imprint of colonization both in its histories of land cessions and in the dominant discourses through which wilderness space is so often imagined.” (p. 30, 2012). We need to understand that the natural environment that we see today have been through many struggles to get to where it is now. Being able to learn and understand the history and context of our environment will help us become more connected and develop a new sense of appreciation and respect. It may also help us find ways to restore the culture, tradition, and relationships that nature has lost.
Newberry, L. (2012). Canoe Pedagogy and Colonial History: Exploring contested spaces of outdoor environmental education. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education. 17, 30-45.