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Nature Connectedness, With Prof. Miles Richardson

“Nature connectedness captures that relationship between people and the rest of nature. Nature connectedness is a measurable psychological construct that moves beyond contact with nature to an individual’s sense of their relationship with the natural world.” – Nature Connectedness Research Group, University of Derby

We are so excited to host our expert speaker for this webinar Prof. Miles Richardson!

Miles is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Ergonomist and Professor of Human Factors and Nature Connectedness at the University of Derby. He founded the award winning Nature Connectedness Research Group which aims to understand and improve connection with nature to unite both human and nature’s wellbeing. The group works closely with Natural England and its work has been adopted by many organisations, including the National Trust, RSPB and 2021 Mental Health Awareness week.

Miles is also the creator of the ‘biodiversity stripes’ and a lead author on the ‘Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) global transformative change assessment. His book Reconnection: Fixing our Broken Relationship with Nature was published April 2023.

This webinar will be introduced and moderated by Sophie Stenson, Chair of Education and Communications Working Group IUCN UK, Research Assistant at Environment & Sustainability Institute for the University of Exeter and currently conducting a PhD in Sustainable Governance and volunteer-based conservation in the UK as part of the RENEW Project.

Some links shared during the webinar:

More information on the ’30 Days Wild’ project:

Chantal Lyons: a science communicator for Mindfully Wired by day (a non-profit comms agency specialising in sustainable fishing and marine conservation). Chantal’s first book, on the return of wild boar to Britain, will be out with Bloomsbury this January!

Eric Pajares: Here is also a co-authored essay that addresses the ethical conceptions of the ‘guardianship of the Earth’ that are at the base of the ancestral cosmovisions of the American Andes, and that it may be useful to contribute with more reflections on the subject:

“Ancestral Comprehensions for a Policy for the Future of the Earth: The Narrative of the South American Andes in the Face of the Global Climate Crisis”, 38 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 383 (2021)
[Erick Pajares G., Eduardo Calvo B., Jorge Iván Palacio P., Juan José Munar M., Carlos Loret de Mola, Darío Espinoza M., Yuri Godoy P., and Gustavo Mora R.].

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Michelle Doerr : produced a two-part blog on meeting people outdoors: being careful not to project our beliefs on to others because we all need to grow in our relationship,

Jill Doubleday : Forest School can go some way to encouraging people – even teenagers – to appreciate and respect ‘nature’

Dan Firth : This book is good on Apace stories/nature

If you enjoyed this webinar, please join us for our next one!

Our next webinar is on 31st July about the UK’s Nature Education Strategy with Laura Soul and her team from the Natural History Museum and Department for Education:

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