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Sense of place refers to the connection one has with their environment. A connection of caring that imparts a will to act for the betterment of ones community and environment. Cultivating ones sense of place involves being active in the community in a caring capacity, trying to affect positive change.

Those who do not know there surroundings, their watershed, environment, the animals, their habitat, the resources of an area, their neighbors, as well as the problems and issues facing those systems, and many other factors that make a place what it is, cannot protect them, and therefore cannot expect the community as a whole to function in a sustainable manner. The limiting factor here for sustainability is the notion that one cannot protect what one doesn't understand and care for.

That recognition will quickly lead one to the conclusion that we are all one people, striving for similar lives, and that we need to work together to strengthen and embolden our positive attributes, while eschewing our natural competitive and ostensible traits that divide us and keep us fighting amongst ourselves in a negative and cyclical cycle.

Furthermore, sense of place and building a sense of community for individuals is needed for many functions. In order to develop a critically thinking, skeptical, and civically engaged populous we must learn a sense of place. Third places, those places whereby people can freely gather to socialize and discuss topics in a free and safe environment, outside of the home and work environment, are critical to developing a sense of place. If there are not places for people to gather, share, and communicate in a free form and unregulated manner, then it becomes excessively difficult for individuals and communities to follow a path of sustainability because they pervades a sense of disconnection and separateness.

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by Sorby, Coty E last modified Aug 07, 2014 03:00 PM

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