Perceiving Nature’s Personhood

Anthropological enhancements to environmental education

Authored by: Rob Efird

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Anthropology

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138782877
eBook ISBN: 9781315768946
Adobe ISBN: 9781317667964


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Li Bo was born in the ancient city of Dali, in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan. Though Li’s father was not a farmer, he enjoyed growing food and tended a large garden. One day, when Li was a child, his father took him out into the garden and helped him to plant a pumpkin seed. What happened next changed the course of Li’s life: when the seed responded by bursting from the earth and growing into a pumpkin, Li was filled with surprise and delight. “That,” he recalls, “was when I became an environmentalist.”

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