Beyond plant blindness: seeing the importance of plants for a sustainable world

Sanders, Dawn, Nyberg, Eva, Snæbjørnsdóttir, Bryndis, Wilson, Mark, Eriksen, Bente and Brkovic, Irma (2017) Beyond plant blindness: seeing the importance of plants for a sustainable world. In: State of the World’s Plants Symposium, 25-26 May 2017, Kew Gardens, London, UK.

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In recent years an interdisciplinary nexus has been generated around what it means to experience life as a plant. From the science of plant behaviours, plant language and meaning-making to plant-based philosophy, plant enquiries are crossing disciplinary and conceptual boundaries. The everyday life of a plant can appear to be static and silent to human perception. And yet, as modern science narratives tell their stories, we are realising that plants live in complex, and often social worlds. Removing plants from the human view makes it easier for us to exploit them and appears accordingly to reduce our ability to see into their worlds. In this research study we ask how, by taking a different view through an interdisciplinary lens, might we improve our understanding and sensitivity to the lives of plants? Thus, our research contributes to policy contexts in which society cannot afford its citizens to be plant blind to contemporary conservation issues.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Journal or Publication Title: State of the World's Plants Symposium, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew May 25 - May 26 2017
Publisher: Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Departments: Fine Arts
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 13:50
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 08:09


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