27 Jul '17, 5pm

Humans need to reconnect with nature

Humans need to reconnect with nature

A new survey has found Britons to be disturbingly out of touch with their natural surroundings, and that comes at a high cost. Why is it that humans get so upset by the sight of a zoo animal entrapped in a small concrete pen, and yet fail to see the parallel in their own lives? Being trapped in a concrete urban jungle, breathing toxic fumes while driving on a tangle of highways, spending hours each day in an office high rise – it’s pretty much the same thing. We humans are animals, too, and desperately need contact with the natural world, but we forget this. One might argue that zoo animals don’t know any differently, so it doesn’t matter; but then one could say the same thing for humans. When we live in urban settings with minimal contact with nature, we also lose sight of how rewarding it is to interact with the natural world. We forget how magnificent trees are, how cle...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/culture/humans-need-reconnect-...

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