#57 | Humans & nature: what do we gain from connecting with nature? With Elliot Connor from Human Nature Project

Join us today for an eye-opening conversation on the human-nature connection together with young ecologist Elliot Connor. As we begin to break the barriers that we built between ourselves and nature, we learn to appreciate the accumulated wisdom of the creatures around us and the many similarities that unite us. Elliot shares this fresh view along with key insights into how we can better connect with wildlife in urban spaces, as well as how the Human Nature community works to raise the appreciation and protection of nature. It is true that our modern lives have hidden the impact we have on the environment but through compassion and positive reinforcement we can positively transform our relationship with nature. Tune in the episode for many more insights & enjoy!

What you’ll learn: 

●      Why humans and animals are deeply similar and connected; 

●      What you can do to find nature in our urban spaces;

●      How the Human Nature community can help you appreciate and protect nature.

Timecodes:

00:00 Intro

02:57 How Elliot became interested in environmentalism

06:30 About motivation and how Elliot organizes his day

09:50 About Human Nature Project

11:50 About human nature worldview

13:30 How to reconnect people with nature

20:50 What a person can do to connect with nature in their daily life

30:10 Is environmental degree necessary for the career in sustainability

32:22 A piece of advice from Elliot

Books & other resources mentioned:

Organisation website: https://humannatureprojects.org

Quotes of the guest:

If we can give people more chance to offer their services to assist with this cause, then they will be more invested, more prone to supporting it, to adopt this human-nature view, this idea of respecting and appreciating nature. If we do that, it will create that ripple effect, a positive reinforcement.

If you can show that, as individuals, we can have a positive impact, then that’s far better than showing them we can have a negative impact. Some of the climate change rhetoric is all about empowering people to show them how to cut down their emissions, as opposed to “your emissions are really, really bad, stop doing that”. If you can learn how you are impacting nature through your daily lives, that’s the first step of the process, and then learning how you could turn that into a positive impact.

Try to recognize the humanity in other creatures. Make nature part of how you see yourself.

One piece of advice: 

We can all increase the sense of nature within and around themselves. It only takes a few practices to cultivate a deeper connection with nature. 

Start with finding an animal that you can interact with regularly. It has been proven that giving yourself this chance to interact with an animal will, in time, help you open up towards other nature, appreciate it more, and become more sensitive about issues that threaten it. 

Next, learn as much as you can about the wildlife around if. 

Even if you live in the city, you can easily find a way. For instance, do you know what birds you can find along your daily work commute? Find a passion project like that and do your own research. 

Earn that knowledge. More and more information barriers are broken these days due to technology innovations, such as interactive applications. Least but not last, make nature part of how you see yourself. 

Find analogies. Animals are intelligent and creative creatures. 

In time, recognizing these similarities will change the way you look at animals.