People protect what they care about. As we have become increasingly isolated from nature, it is little wonder that our behaviours are not always helpful for wildlife or the planet.
Children and adults have all been experiencing this human-nature disconnect. A few years ago, the Oxford Junior Dictionary removed at least 50 nature words, including acorn, dandelion and ivy. This prompted author Robert McFarlane to write “The Lost Words,” which is a celebration of words and nature. Many children are unable to identify common animals and plants and have even less idea of where fruit and vegetables come from. Studies have also noted the declining references to nature in popular culture such as books and music.
2020 saw many people starting to remember the benefits of outdoor spaces. However, it is not just subjective and anecdotal experiences that we need to turn to. There is an increasing body of scientific evidence that nature is good for us. Doctors are starting to write “Green Prescriptions,” which offer patients the opportunity to participate in outdoors activities as a way to benefit their physical and mental health.
More than this, there is strong scientific evidence to suggest that nature connection promotes pro-environmental behaviours.