Nature Engagement for Human and Nature’s Wellbeing during the Corona Pandemic.
|Authors||Miles Richardson and Iain Hamlin|
To explore the associations between noticing nature, nature connectedness, time in nature and human and nature’s wellbeing during the Corona pandemic restrictions. Natural England’s People and Nature Survey (PANS) data (n=4206) from the UK was used to assess a number of wellbeing outcomes (loneliness, life satisfaction, worthwhile life and happiness) and pro-nature behaviours as a function of longer-term physical time in nature and psychological connectedness to nature and shorter-term visits and noticing of nature. Longer-term factors of nature connectedness and time in nature were both consistent significant predictors of wellbeing measures (apart from loneliness) and pro-nature conservation behaviours. Considered alone short-term visits and noticing were again consistent and significant predictors of three wellbeing measures, but recent visits to nature were not associated with pro-nature conservation behaviours. A combined regression highlighted the importance of a longer-term relationship with nature in all outcomes apart from loneliness, but also revealed that, even when considered in concert with longer-term factors, currently noticing nature had a role in feeling one’s life was worthwhile, pro-nature behaviours and loneliness. The closeness of the human-nature relationship and noticing nature have rarely been examined in concert with nature visits. Further, the reciprocal benefits of pro-nature behaviours are often overlooked.
|Keywords||nature connectedness; nature visits; wellbeing; pro-nature conservation behaviour|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/kd7bz|
|Web address (URL)||https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/kd7bz|
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|Publication dates||13 Jan 2021|
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|Deposited||28 May 2021, 10:20|
|Accepted||30 Mar 2021|
|Contributors||University of Derby|
|Journal||Journal of Public Mental Health|
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