UNM & NMSU Fall 2021 Colloquium Series Presents: Distinguished UNM Alumni Dara Saville
Environmental Education for Land Health and Human Health
As rapidly unfolding ecological changes usher in a new era of awareness, there is an urgent need to engage the general population in environmental education. These programs should be appropriate for all ages, be freely accessible to everyone, and include activities that not only help people to understand environmental changes and their cultural impacts but also provide ways for communities to take meaningful action. Successful and effective community environmental education should be wide-ranging and exemplify the interconnectivity of land health and human health. One way to do this is for people to learn about the importance of local native edible and medicinal plants that contribute to ecosystem functions and human wellbeing while also perpetuating regional culinary and healing traditions. These programs should also provide the opportunity for hands-on habitat restoration and replanting of these important native species. In doing so, we will help our community to develop a sincere land connection, an investment in reciprocal care and advocacy, and increase the vitality of local ecosystems and our own health.
Fall 2021 Colloquium Series is hosted jointly by UNM Department of Geography & Environmental Studies and NMSU Department of Geography.