The Human Dimension of Restoration and Remediation
While emphasis is usually placed on the technical and bio-physical aspects of restoration and remediation, the human dimension must not be neglected. Human activity has harmed the natural environment and humans owe a debt to nature to remediate and restore. To the extent possible the natural balance between humans and the natural world must be restored. Not only does remediation and restoration perform a utilitarian function but remediation and restoration perform a restorative human function. Because restoration is a human function, it will of necessity involve values, including human perceptions, beliefs, emotions, knowledge and behavior, culture, politics and economics as well as the scientific and technical. Because human decision making is involved, values and culture will be involved. This talk explores the various human dimensions that permeate restoration and remediation. Failure to consider the human dimension of restoration will doom restoration and remediation projects to failure as well as produce limited restoration projects that do not fulfill the ultimate purpose of restoration. The practice of democratic science can lead to the full consideration of the human dimension of remediation and restoration.
Ray, Ph.D., John W., "The Human Dimension of Restoration and Remediation" (2020). Guest Lectures. 105.