On Our Fundamental Need for the Natural World
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Many of us live indoor lives, disconnected from the natural world more than any other time in human history. Yet nature remains deeply ingrained in our language, culture, and consciousness. For centuries, we have acted on an intuitive sense that we need communion with the wild to feel well. Now, in the moment of our great migration from nature, more scientific evidence is emerging to confirm its place at the heart of our psychological wellbeing. So, what happens, asks acclaimed journalist Lucy Jones, as we lose our bond with the natural world? Might we also be losing part of ourselves?
In her latest book, Losing Eden, Lucy interweaves her deeply personal story of recovery from addiction and depression with that of discovering the natural world and how it supported and enlivened her progress, giving her a renewed sense of belonging and purpose. Focusing on the intersection of science, wellness, and the environment, Lucy reveals that in the last decade scientists have begun to formulate theories of why people feel better after a walk in the woods and in other types of engagements with the natural world, diving into the recent data that supports evidence of biological and neurological responses. Travelling from forest schools in East London, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault via primeval woodlands, Californian laboratories and Eco therapists’ couches, Lucy shares her journey through the cutting edge of human biology, neuroscience and psychology, and offers new ways of understanding our increasingly dysfunctional relationship with the Earth.
Join Lucy for a conversation and an uplifting rallying cry for a wilder way of life—for finding asylum in the soil and joy in the trees—which might just help us to save the living planet, as well as ourselves.
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