Future of Fisheries: Perspectives for Emerging Professionals

Reconnecting People to Their Natural Environment

Christine M. Moffitt, Zachary L. Penney, and Lubia Cajas-Cano

doi: https://doi.org/10.47886/9781934874387.ch27

Smartphones, social networks, and countless search engines provide information about the surrounding world with the simple push of a button, click of the mouse, or touch of the screen. Ironically, many of us are mentally and physically disconnected from the natural environment around us. Nowadays, it is more common to have a TV, a cell phone, or a computer at home than to have a vegetable garden, yet even simulated farming is available on the Web (i.e., FarmVille). How can we increase the public awareness of the global and local human connections to the environment that provides our food, water, and air? Effecting these changes will require committed professionals working locally, regionally, and internationally.