What really worries me is the globalization of our nature literacy. Thanks to cable TV, coverage of international conservation issues and the internet, my neighbours and their kids know a lot about pandas, sharks and tigers. Don’t get me wrong — pandas, sharks and tigers are really important, and I’m glad that my neighbours and their kids know about them. However, with the globalization of our knowledge on plants and animals comes a failure to recognize the species that share our local environment. A rich and locally unique palette of plants and animals becomes a faceless and nameless blend of green.
– Dan Kraus, “Why Kids Today Need Nature Literacy,” Huff Post Impact (Canada), November 22, 2014