The Relationship Between Nature Connectedness and Human and Planetary Wellbeing: Implications for Promoting Wellbeing, Tackling Anthropogenic Climate Change and Overcoming Biodiversity Loss
|Alison Pritchard and Miles Richardson
|Andrew H. Kemp and Darren J. Edwards
Human wellbeing is inextricably linked with nature’s wellbeing. If we harm our natural environment then we harm ourselves, and the risks from loss of habitats and a warming planet are incalculable.
The climate crisis and wildlife emergency show that the existing relationship between people and the rest of nature is failing. Too often we see nature as something to use, to control or as a threat to us, rather than as a fundamental part of ourselves. We urgently need a new relationship with nature in order to transform our attitudes and behaviours into positive and meaningful outcomes for the environment, and help tackle the crisis in our mental health and wellbeing.
Recent research evidence suggests that being connected to nature is not an optional extra for achieving good health and wellbeing, but a basic human need. We must build a new relationship by developing an affinity with nature and by celebrating the role of nature in healthy, sustainable and meaningful lives.
This chapter explores theories of nature connectedness, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours, the contexts in which people become related to nature, the role that different types and qualities of nature have in this relationship, and the key societal and individual factors necessary for strengthening this connection. We call for a life-course approach towards developing and nurturing our affinity with nature as a vital means of safeguarding both human and planetary well-being.
|Nature ; connectedness; Wellbeing ; Pro-environmental behaviour; Climate change; Biodiversity
|Broadening the Scope of Wellbeing Science
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|10 Nov 2022
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|Publication process dates
|25 May 2023
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