An interview about the phenomenon of environmental generational amnesia
- OK, let us talk about what you and I think is really important. Having read your work I was surprised by the concept of environmental generational amnesia. Please, correct me if I am wrong, you give the following definition of it: “condition when with each ensuing generation, the amount of environmental degradation can and usually does increase, but each generation tends to take that degraded condition as the nondegraded condition, as the normal experience” (Kahn 165). Am I correct?
- Yes, you are absolutely right. As you can see, the three keywords in the definition outline the scope of this concept: it deals with the environment, it changes with generations and it focuses on inability to recollect things. I think that this is a great term, though it might seem a little be heavy.
- Exactly! I believe that the term that you use is far better than others that you recall in you work. Would you mind analyzing them for a little bit?
- So, the first one is “nature deficit disorder”. What do you think it is a worse term?
- Well, it surely has a better sound to it, but it is too broad. Nature is a vague concept that one can hardly experience deficit of it, only figuratively speaking.
- All right. What about “landscape amnesia”?
- And do you remember the definition of it? “It is people forgetting how different the surrounding landscape looked 50 years ago, because the change from year to year has been so gradual” – that is what I wrote (Kahn 174). I thin that the issue of landscape is too narrow.