So while the media, politicians, and advocates debate the scientific reality of environmental decline, and pundits feud over how to coalesce disparate identity groups and political coalitions along socio-economic lines, the Earth is actually being reshaped in a destruction now termed the ‘fifth extinction.’ And that environmental negligence ignores not just the Earth but also our inverse relationship to the land.
As President Trump charges forward with campaign promises to revive the American oil industry, he also ignites environmental protection groups intent on thwarting his efforts and preventing future damage to citizens, the lands they inhabit, and ultimately, the globe
Urban foraging teaches us many things. “We learn about plants, botany, and ecology, as well as how people can participate positively in interacting with their local ecosystems,” says Wildman. In New York City, “local ecosystem” is a slippery term. Parks mix with projects that mix with residential homes that mix with corporate buildings. It’s hard to think of brick and mortar as part of the local ecosystem. That’s precisely urban foraging’s power. It alters our perception and our connection to the land.