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Interface Reconnect | Inspired by a common desire to reconnect people and spaces with nature

Interface Reconnect | Inspired by a common desire to reconnect people and spaces with nature | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
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Humans are a 'plague on Earth': Sir David Attenborough warns that negative effects of population growth will come home to roost

Humans are a 'plague on Earth': Sir David Attenborough warns that negative effects of population growth will come home to roost | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough has warned that human beings have become a “plague on the Earth”.
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RESTORING PEACE: Six Ways Nature in Our Lives Can Reduce the Violence in Our World : The New Nature Movement

RESTORING PEACE: Six Ways Nature in Our Lives Can Reduce the Violence in Our World : The New Nature Movement | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Field Notes from the Future: Tracking the Movement to Connect People and Nature
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Healthy Building News

Healthy Building News | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it

Important information on what is actually going on at USGBC with corporate lobbying efforts (chemical companies) against LEED V4.

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The Promise of Biophilic Design | Interface Blog | Design With Purpose

The Promise of Biophilic Design | Interface Blog | Design With Purpose | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
What if our built environment could enhance our well-being?
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The Embrace of Nature

For much of the 20th century, our attitude toward nature in cities was one of domination. We cleared the land, levelled forests, scraped away the topsoil, drained wetlands and channelized rivers at will. We now find ourselves facing the consequences of that fatal ignorance. What has painfully dawned on most of us is that unless we resign ourselves to spoiling our nest to the point of no return, we urgently need to make major adjustments. Fortunately, there are signs that a sea change has emerged.

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The Great Turning and the Great Unraveling from a Systems Perspective

The Great Unraveling of our unsustainable and unjust economic and political system, and of an ecosystem too long abused and exploited for short-term human ends, represents both the results of greed and arrogance, and an opportunity for transformation. When the old ways of life no longer work, living systems (including humans) need to find new ways to live in harmony with their environment and each other (who are part of the environment, after all). Thus the Great Turning and the Great Unraveling go hand and hand.

 

Ellen LaConte suggests great unravelings and great turnings have occurred several times in past millennia, many of them before humans appeared on Earth. She calls these times of crisis “Critical Mass,” which she defines as...


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Coming up from the Land: Receiving the Speech of the Spirits

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"You know, I think if people stay somewhere long enough--even white people--the spirits will begin to speak to them. It's the power of the spirits coming up from the land. The spirits and the old powers aren't lost, they just need people to be around long enough and the spirits will begin to influence them."
~ Crow Elder, as quoted by poet and writer Gary Snyder

 

Once early on, as I returned from some sacred sites with a group, I talked with an outgoing young man, member of the Lenape Nation, about environmental issues, with which I had been involved prior to the assignment. He said they believed that people who work for the earth, no matter what their lineage, had been recruited by the earth--that the spirits had spoken to them...

 

 


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Re-awakening the Green Man

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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...


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Nature Research in the News: Hiking Meetings & How Trees Impact Health

Nature Research in the News:  Hiking Meetings & How Trees Impact Health | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Sitting is the Smoking of Our Generation (Nilofer Merchant, Harvard Business Review) Nilofer Merchant writes recently in the Harvard Business Review that sitting is the smoking of our generation, i...
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Ecopsychology: Whole Earth Mental Health - Mind & Body - Utne Reader

Ecopsychology: Whole Earth Mental Health - Mind & Body - Utne Reader | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Ecopsychology offers treatments for mental illness that bridge the gap between people and nature.
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Open Voices News Roundup: December 10 | Open Spaces Sacred Places

Open Voices News Roundup: December 10 | Open Spaces Sacred Places | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back every
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Maureen Calamia: Feng Shui Designer on Long Island, NY

Maureen Calamia: Feng Shui Designer on Long Island, NY | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Maureen Calamia: Feng Shui Designer on Long Island, NY. About.com interviews the Suffolk County feng shui consultant.
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Outside Magazine’s December 2012 Article on “The Nature Cure” Sheds Light on the Emerging Field of Forest Medicine

Outside Magazine’s December 2012 Article on “The Nature Cure” Sheds Light on the Emerging Field of Forest Medicine | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Outside Magazine’s December 2012 issue includes an in-depth article by Florence Williams entitled “The nature cure: Take two hours of pine forest and call me in the morning.”  Williams describes th...
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Ecopsychology in Ten Easy Lessons | Orion Magazine

Ecopsychology in Ten Easy Lessons | Orion Magazine | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Becoming one with nature isn't always full of bliss.

 

What are the trees saying? I am listening closely. Listening, as I have been advised, with the whole of my being. Trying to hear a voice, this voice of the trees, this voice I’ve traveled so far to hear. And it has arrived, finally, wandering up through the branches, carried by the wind, this voice so very old. What is it saying? The message is simple and clear....


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ECOPSYCHOLOGY: EIGHT PRINCIPLES by Theodore Roszak

ECOPSYCHOLOGY: EIGHT PRINCIPLES by Theodore Roszak | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
In The Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology, Theodore Roszak sought to formulate some general principles that might guide both environmentalists and therapists in their common project of defining a sane relationship to the world around us. The essay that follows has been adapted from the version that appears in the book.

 

As we approach the end of the twentieth century, there are scientists who believe we may be within sight of a Grand Unified Theory that will embrace all things, all forces, all time and matter. But will such a theory of everything, if we find it, do justice to the very act of seeking for that theory in the first place? Will it explain how a supposedly once dead universe gave rise to this single, burning point of...


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The Power of Nature: Ecotherapy and Awakening

The Power of Nature: Ecotherapy and Awakening | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it

In recent years, researchers have become aware of a powerful new kind of therapy, which is just as effective against depression as traditional psychotherapy or medication...

 

As well as helping us to heal our minds, contact with nature can transform us. For several years, I have done research into what I call ‘awakening experiences’ – moments when our vision of our surroundings becomes more intense (so that they become more beautiful and meaningful than normal), and we feel a sense of connectedness to them, and towards other people. The world may somehow seem harmonious and meaningful, as a strong feeling of well-being fills us....


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