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Dr. Joseph Champ Dr. Joseph Champ

My favorite science experience was interviewing families in Colorado about their relationship with the environment. I found that many of them were experiencing the natural world by way of mass media—things like watching Animal Planet shows and thumbing through National Geographic magazine. It made me wonder: Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Mass media bring us images and sounds of nature we might never see and hear in person. But what if the media is replacing our face-to-face encounters with Earth and its creatures?