When Nature Ends
Taking care of our land means taking care of our people. When we don’t have to worry about fulfilling basic human needs, we thrive. This phenomenon can be seen repeated throughout history, through the invention of tools, agriculture, transportation, and industry. At these moments of innovation, advancement has taken place. Energy once put towards our survival can now be put towards creativity, exploration, and the understanding of our place within our surroundings. But through this advancement, we lose touch with what got us here in the first place. We forget about what has allowed us to survive from the beginning: Nature.
Nature provides ecosystem services that we have always and will always depend on. But in the consumption state we live in now, we threaten to end these services forever. Our habit of burning through resources, leaving the next generation to repair and pick up the pieces, threatens not only our lives but the survival of humankind. Without Nature’s proper functioning, humans will be forced to perform these services themselves. This is what that world looks like When Nature Ends.
Learn about what each of the seven ecosystem services preformed in this exhibit are, the plight of their function, and how you can find them in the nature around you with the brochures below or download them here.