Learning about ecosystems
Realising that our pets and houseplants are not the only forms of life around us does not automatically translate into an appreciation of natural environments as complex systems and vast networks of relations whose very complexity provides them with the capacity to survive disruption and harm (often caused by human beings).
Ad hoc instruments are required to bring people into direct contact with aspects of which they were previously unaware.
For example, introducing children, senior citizens and beachgoers to the unfolding of maritime life enhances their awareness of how we all exploit and pollute this ecosystem, including through our everyday habits and behaviours.
Inviting people to patiently observe animals that were previously unfamiliar to them and to explore the relevance of these species to overarching themes that are also of critical importance to human beings, means fostering stronger and more personal bonding with life on our planet.