Searching for bright spots in the woods where the pale winter lights dance through the trees and kiss our cheeks not only brings comfort it also gives us strength to face challenges.
The smell of frost, the sounds of a stream, and the scenery of a frosty winter forest provides relaxation. Natural stimulation brings comfort to our present stress-filled society.
Nature connectedness, where we include nature as part of our identity, includes an understanding of nature and everything it is made up of. If we feel connected to nature, we are more inclined to care about nature and protect the environment.
This connectedness can be described as containing three parts:
- how included we feel,
- how much we care for nature,
- how committed we are to protect nature.
It is worrying that fewer and fewer children are connected to nature. Studies in the UK, have found that some adults think that nature is dangerous and dirty.
On my daily walk with my dog, I cruise on a path littered with litter – plastic cups, cans, tins, wraps, papers, and bottles. Britain is one of the most litter-blighted countries in Europe.
But not only the streets are littered with litter. So is the nearby woods.
Does nobody care?
How connected to nature does your family feel?
How green is your workplace?
Does your organisation give extra marks for a green approach?
Would your family throw away a bag filled with plastic bags that had been used for shopping once in the bin?
What about your workplace?
Would your organisation or company allow employees to throw away a bag filled with plastic bags?
Would you even notice or care?
And would you do something about it?