What If We Could Renew Our Ecological Attachment?
June 30, 2020 -- We live in a time when human actions devasting earth systems in multiple ways, from acidification of oceans decreasing its wildlife, to poisoned drinking water from industrial interests, to fossil fuel warming of the atmosphere. We are moving quickly toward a “hothouse” earth in which weather patterns will be extreme and unpredictable, with droughts, floods and pandemics routine events. We’ve known for decades that this time would come if we did not change our habits. Knowingabout our destruction has not been enough. Do we care?
It’s our hearts that must be changed. To care for Nature in the right way, we must care about it. To change our behavior, we must learn to feel connected to the wellbeing of the natural world around us, like our ancestors before us. We must feel our connection to the earth to change our actions towards respectful caring.
What if we could restore or renew our ecological attachment?
Dr. Darcia Narvaez and her students arranged an experiment where participants practiced ways to be more attentive to nature in order to increase their sense of nature connection. The experiment was a success. Participants become more ecologically empathic and ecologically mindful after three weeks of practice.
Dr. Darcia and EvolvedNest.org have set up an opportunity for the public to take part in a similar experiment. There are brief activities to do on each of 28 days. You can test yourself before and after the four weeks of practice to see if you change your attitudes and behaviors.
Please join the Eco-Attachment Dance!