In an age when almost every curiosity is just a click away, traditional learning establishments like museums and art galleries are witnessing a slow but steady decrease in visitors and overall social interest. Browsing information about natural history on your smartphone may seem effortless, but it takes away the experience of observing nature closer and in a unique way that helps us develop an enduring understanding of the world we live in.
The study of natural history is a simple and effective way to teach people where to look and who to ask when relevant questions arise. By observing the surrounding environment, we discover a clearer view of our place in nature and the meaning of our existence.
By exploring natural history we delve deep into a multitude of disciplines that influenced a wide range of fields, from science, art and politics to business and economics. Our ancestors’ achievements are the main catalysts of our current day progress in technology, medicine and psychology. We can only understand the direction in which we are heading if we know where we came from and how previous breakthroughs have shaped our modern lifestyle.
It is also a common conception that studying natural history leads to an emotional connection with the surrounding nature and a stronger attachment to our planet. Therefore, it is important that children are exposed to this study from a tender age in order to ensure the development of said emotions.
The best way to study the progress of our species and the overall evolution of nature is to observe the very raw material that we have around us. This way, experienced researchers and common observers alike can add their own contribution to the study of natural history. Little by little, with such interventions we assure the future generations of a better understanding of the human race and our own environment.