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Crime and Public Safety :: Green Cities: Good Health

Crime and Public Safety :: Green Cities: Good Health | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Trees may reduce crime by signaling to potential criminals that a house is better cared for and, therefore, subject to more effective policing by owners than a comparable house with fewer trees.
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"Trees may reduce crime by signaling to potential criminals that a house is better cared for and, therefore, subject to more effective policing by owners than a comparable house with fewer trees." - Interesting! And there are real estate stats that show how trees increase property values. Trees are important to our feeling of well being!
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In ‘Half Earth,’ E.O. Wilson Calls for a Grand Retreat

In ‘Half Earth,’ E.O. Wilson Calls for a Grand Retreat | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
In a new book, the renowned biologist argues that it is time for humans to abandon much of the planet to other species.
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Optimistic viewpoint of our future from a wise man. Not sure how feasible this concept is, but we can strive toward it. 
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Re-awakening the Green Man

Re-awakening the Green Man | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it

The degradation of our environment is accelerating beyond the point of our being able to repair it. The problems are many and complex—from the destruction of our forests, to the dying off of our fish. Our impure air and water is causing worldwide increases in chronic diseases including severe challenge to our immune systems. Most threatening of all, climate change may raise temperatures and cause extreme weather conditions for thousands of years. Scientists and experts such as Al Gore can show us charts of what is happening, but the facts and figures don’t reach into the depth of our heart and motivate us to change.  Joanna Macy, author and deep ecologist says, “We need to love the world in order to save it.”  Using our intellect in this area is not enough; we need to feel an emotional connection to the planet. Advertisers know that the best way to stir us is through images and stories, often culled from myths that deeply affect our psyche...

 


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A Web Of Trees And Their 'Hidden' Lives

A Web Of Trees And Their 'Hidden' Lives | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
What is the connection trees have to each other? Alva Noë discusses a new book about trees, what they know, what they need and how they act.
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Love this finding:
"Even personality, or character, are in evidence in the forest. There may be two oak trees, side by side, one of which opts to shed its leaves at the first sign of weather change ...— and the other of which holds on and takes advantage of late heat waves to store up more sugar for the long winter ahead. Same soil, same air, same needs, same species, but different choices. Individual trees, like individual people, have different characters, or so Wohlleben would have it."
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Ensouled on the Planet ~ Marion Woodman

Ensouled on the Planet ~ Marion Woodman | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it

We are still accepting a cultural value that annihilates the Earth. If we don't change, we are going to our own extinction. This is precisely what addicts do.

NR: You have said we have to overcome our addictions before we can connect to nature.  Does our refusal to confront our addictions lead directly to our destruction of Mother Earth?

MW: I think so, yes. As children many of us feel a deep connection to Her.  But our culture warps our natural instincts. That warping leads to addictions.  But there’s a suicidal drive in the addicted individual and in the addicted society.  Our planet is coming up against the wall.  

Yet, despite all the horrors we have created, we are still doing precisely what we know will be ultimately destructive. Denial!  Denial!  We are still accepting a cultural value that annihilates the Earth. If we don’t change, we are going to our own extinction.  This is precisely what addicts do.  Addicts—in other words most of our society—pretend there’s nothing wrong.  As they laugh and talk and plan, they deny their dying souls.  That’s what we’re doing to the planet.  We fight about things that won’t matter if we are extinct... (click title for more)


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A beautiful, eloquent, inspiring woman - Marion Woodman. Concretizing the state of "rapture" through materialism rather than finding it in observing the miraculous, spontaneous, sacred world around us. 

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