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Discover the Hidden Ways that Trees and Plants Help You Feel Better in Life

  • Using personal accounts and research in cognitive and behavioral science, Edwards highlights how cultivating an emotional bond with nature benefits us and the natural world
  • The book describes why nature makes us more joyful, creative, and compassionate
  • Demonstrates how we can regenerate ecosystems by living in harmony with nature's rhythms.
  • Demonstrates how emulating and learning from nature is yielding design breakthroughs through biomimicry and biophilic designs in buildings.
  • Highlights the importance of compassion and coexisting with wildlife in designing our urban dwellings, and conservation strategies
  • Calls for an ecocentric ethic in which we use natural resources wisely and promote species biodiversity.
  • Andrés Edwards is an educator, award-winning author, media designer and sustainability consultant. Author of three other New Society Publishers titles which have sold almost 40,000 copies

Intended audience: will appeal to people who love nature and the science behind human behavior and contemplative sciences, as well as to educators and the general public interested in environmental conservation

Explore our emotional bond with nature to heal ourselves and the natural world

Why spend countless hours indoors in front of screens when being in nature feels so good? In learning why and how to nurture our emotional connection with nature, we can also regenerate the ecosystems on which we depend for our survival.

Renewal explores the science behind why being in nature makes us feel alive and helps us thrive. Using personal experiences and cutting-edge research in cognitive science, this book weaves delightful stories that:

  • Reveal nature's genius and impacts on our lives from physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual perspectives
  • Explore how emulating nature is yielding design breakthroughs with biomimicry and biophilic design
  • Highlight the importance of compassion and coexisting with wildlife in designing our conservation strategies
  • Describe the significance of nurturing an ecological ethic that supports a reciprocal relationship with nature.

Whether you are drawn to conservation or are interested in the science behind human behavior, Renewal will help create a blueprint for integrating nature with a life of creativity, compassion, and joy.


Foreword by Marc Bekoff

Introduction: Forging an Emotional Bond with Nature

1. Aligning with Nature
Doorways to Nature • Types of Nature Alignment • Internal and External Alignment • Natural Principles • Awareness and Humility • Natural Ingredients

2. Awe and Beauty
Awe's Qualities • Beauty's Attributes • Reinstilling Awe and Beauty

3. Health and Well-Being
Healing Impacts of Nature • Nature As a Vital Supplement • Green Care • Finding Our Place in Nature

4. Mentor and Provider
Learning from Nature • Cycles and Milestones • Nature As Provider

5. Nature's Intelligence
Intelligence of Gaia • Why Nature's Intelligence Matters • Nature's Designs • Animal Intelligence • Plant Awareness • Slime and Mushrooms

6. Kinship and Creativity
Skalalitude • Biophilic Design • Creativity and Nature • Nature As Canvas • Beyond Nature As Resource

7. Compassion and Coexistence
Cultivating Coexistence • Biological Altruism • Animal Emotions • Compassionate Conservation • Rewilding Our Hearts

8. An Ecocentric Ethic
An Integral Perspective • Five Global Trends • Reciprocity Through Nature • Flourishing with Nature • A Legacy of Regenerative Coexistence • Doing What We Can

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Published 02 April 2019
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EAN13 9781771422680
Language English
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