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Does Technology destroy our relationship with Nature?

I am an environmental Literature student, and I am interested in people's responses about the constitution of Nature, Technology, and the relationship that is apparently slowly being degraded with Nature.

All responses are welcome.

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  • May 18 2013: There's no reason to think that. And good reasons to see technology as a bridge to nature. I grew up in the 60's in NYC when there were no cell phones, texting, Internet, video games etc. Our schooling was believed to be good "catholic" educations. We thought absolutely nothing of pushing an automobile into a creek and lighting it on fire as whooping it up around it. Nothing whatever told us that that car would remain there creating a toxic waste situation in a tidal creek. We had no connection whatever to nature. In fact we had no connection whatever to each other except as friend or foe. bully or victim. There was no such thing--and there still isn't--called "social development" in which we could have learned that there is great value behind even the most unlikeliest of appearances. My duty in school was to shut up. My duty at home was to shut up and stop making noise so my dad could hear the Mets game on his radio. I learned last night you can download an ap for your smartphone, scan products at a supermarket and if you don't like the ecological or political agendas of the causes your goods manufacturers are linked to, you can instantly boycott them. That doesn't necessarily connect me with nature, but it gives me motivating power I wish I would have had all my life. Education in cities should start with bringing kids and showing them the remainders of the crimes against ecology that people walked passed for generations and saw as normal. When I was kind, I'd by an ice cream pop and throw the wrapper right on the street. All I know is it was gone the next day. It got so bad in the 70's--the cattle cars with graffiti that had become our subways to work and school that some sanity started to rear it's head. By the time I left NY a few years ago I went to the Peace Bell Ceremony at the UN every Earth Day morning. Shouldn't have taken 45 years to get there.

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