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Cultivating a Connection With Our Natural World

In a world that is vastly changing with the increase of technology and the effects of climate change, how do we cultivate a connection with the natural world? With climate anxiety at an all-time high, how do we continue to connect with something that is actively disappearing each year?

Here are a few ideas to explore:


Find a cause and get involved! Groups can help create a community and support safety in natural spaces. Even fifteen minutes can support positive outcomes, like building community connections and increasing resilience. Plus, you get to spend time in nature. Community involvement also helps to support the communities most affected by climate change. Remember we are in this together!


Another way to connect with nature is to engage your senses. You could try a nature-based art project. Try drawing a quick sketch of an object you encounter or create a mandala for someone to find. Remember when engaging with nature you want to create something non-invasive or harmful. Be mindful of what materials you are using. Try using items that have already been relieved from the tree or plant (aka fallen leaves or petals). Try to avoid stacking rocks.


Build nature into your schedule, home, or space. Try to spend your lunch break outside or go for a quick walk when you can. You could also try adding a plant to your space. Build a relationship with these spaces or plants. What are you noticing they need? What changes do you see? How can you support their growth or thriving? Studies have shown that plants can help to decrease depression and reduce stress.

Connecting with our natural world has many benefits. Studies have shown that a mere fifteen-minute walk outside can contribute to lessening anxiety, increasing feelings of connection, and making us happier. Remember, don’t be afraid to challenge systems and question the way you engage with the natural world. Also, try to bring a trash bag and gloves with you. Leave the space better than you found it.

Some things to check out: Your local community garden, guerilla gardening, and random acts of green.

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