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Linking Sense of Place to Stewardship in the Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforests of North America

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Published on Jun 6, 2012

April 18, 2012 - Opening remarks by Bruce Botelho (City and Borough of Juneau) followed by a presentation by Terry Chapin (U. of Alaska Fairbanks)

Session Abstract: Rapid increases in per capita consumption, and to a lesser extent population growth, have led to unsustainable trajectories in the relationship between people and the biosphere. This occurs as people seek to meet their desires and needs, not because they deliberately degrade their environment. To what extent might a stronger sense of place increase peoples' awareness of their environment and shift behavior toward a more sustainable trajectory? Many cultural worldviews are strongly embedded in acceptable relationships between people and nature. Peoples' behavior is also influenced by social norms and ideological worldviews. How might social norms that motivate stewardship behavior be strengthened relative to those that create tradeoffs with environmental benefits? Economic valuation of ecosystem services and regulation of people's use of the environment address some economic and political dimensions of individual choice. However, educational and outreach activities that reconnect people with nature and strengthen individual sense of place provide an important additional motivation for stewardship behavior. Earth stewardship will require attention to these multiple dimensions of sense of place.

This video is from a symposium in Juneau, Alaska from April 17-20, 2012 titled Coastal Temperate Rainforests: Integrating Science, Resource Management, and Communities. The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC) would like to thank all sponsors, speakers, and participants for making the symposium a success. Additional information about the symposium can be found on the ACRC website: http://acrc.alaska.edu/acrc_sw/sympos...

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