I remember in class when A-P asked us what and where are the individual’s favorite nature spots. I did had an answer for that question but it was surprisingly hard question to answer. Seattle is a beautiful city with a good number of green spaces and parks, however, many other dense cities still have problem with close access to nature.
The very idea and the desire of having highly accessible green area in such dense metropolitan cities maybe is asking for too much; however, having that kind of exposure to nature for citizens could be very helpful for their health and education, especially for children.
I believe that, people these days, especially people in the urban cores, not only have less exposure to nature, but also do not have emotional attachment and passion for nature as well. David Orr, a famous American environmental educator said that lack of such emotion in nature is dangerous for all generations, and that will bring down the ecological literacy. To increase the ecological literacy, people simply need frequent exposure to nature so they start to grow care and passion for natural systems.
Many asian countries are facing more severe problem than other countries due to small land and too many people in the city; however, there is this one great project in Seoul, S. Korea, which did a wonderful job of creating an amazing green open space in the heart of the city. The project is called Chung Gae Chun project, where a long water channel along with green habitat goes across the middle of the downtown. This project not only brought nature into the city, but also has been lowering the overall temperature of Seoul and created a healthy plant habitats in the city.
The most impressive thing it has done was that the people of Seoul started to attach themselves to this landmark place, and it eventually became a very popular destination for the citizens. The space has been maintain by numerous volunteers, including students and families. I believe that such eco-literacy design is a great way to make people care about nature and improve the overall quality of life in the city. Nothing is impossible.