Environmental educator Steve Brill has a special way to reach his audience and create a lasting awareness for nature around us - that special way is foraging.
What?, you're probably asking. A web definition of foraging is "to search widely for food and provisions" - as animals do, as our ancestors did, foraging still has its place - even if it takes on a different shade when done by "Wildman Steve Brill" and happens in Manhattan's Central Park. On his website, he shares the purpose of his programs:
"To learn about the environment and get back in touch with nature. By studying foraging and nature, we enjoy our renewable resources and reaffirm our commitment to preserving and rebuilding our ecological riches."
Steve Brill did his first public Central Park tour more than thirty years ago - in April of 1982. Since then he's engaged consistently with that very clear focus on foraging. By doing so, he's reached more than one generation and people who met him in childhood and now bring their children to continue the learning. Without a doubt, Steve Brill, this one-man show, has reached thousands and the awareness he raises with every single one of his walks is one that takes hold and infuses the actions of generations to come.
When I first saw this clip I smiled at this seemingly odd character with his explorer's hat. But then, listening to him, I realized that what he does is exactly what everyone says we must do - educate! Over the past years I've heard, seen and read so much about climate change, about sustainability, about the environment - and invariably you'll find education as a top action point. By raising awareness at every level, by making it part of every school's curriculum, we give rise to new generations with a clear understanding and an obvious purpose. Where our generation still debates rights and wrongs, environment vs economy ... the next generation will begin the conversations at a different level, a better, clearer and more sustainable level.
We can only applaud people like Steve Brill - may there be countless of them!
Click here for more about Steve Brill:
Wildman Steve Brill's website
Foraging in Central Park with Wildman Steve Brill
Category: Climate/natural disasters: Climate change
Location: Manhattan, New York, NY, United States