Connecting to nature is good for kids – but they may need help coping with a planet in peril

Here are four ways adults can help kids work through their worries about the environment.

Louise Chawla, Professor Emerita of Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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'Nature doesn't judge you': how young people in cities feel about the natural world

Nature is a promise of escape, a moment of relief and a relationship worth cherishing.

Jo Birch, Research Associate, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield • conversation
Oct. 30, 2020 ~6 min

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House plants were our link with nature in lockdown – now they could change how we relate to the natural world

House plants enrich our domestic lives in ways we often fail to notice. But lockdown may have changed all that.

Giulia Carabelli, Lecturer in Sociology, Queen's University Belfast • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~7 min

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A radical nature-based agenda would help society overcome the psychological effects of coronavirus

Why structured contact with nature, rolled out with government support, will go a long way to solving the psychological distress of coronavirus.

Matthew Adams, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton • conversation
Oct. 9, 2020 ~8 min

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Rewilding: rare birds return when livestock grazing has stopped

A decade of no grazing has demonstrated positive effects on the richness of bird species.

Lisa Malm, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~26 min

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COVID-19 is eroding scientific field work – and our knowledge of how the world is changing

The COVID-19 pandemic is interrupting scientific field work across North America, leaving blank spots in important data sets and making it harder to track ecological change.

Casey Setash, PhD student in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~9 min

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Mothers behind bars nurture relationships with visitors in this unusual prison garden

About half of incarcerated women in the United States are mothers to children under age 18. Natural spaces within a prison can help maintain their mother-child bonds.

Julie Stevens, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~9 min

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Lockdown isn’t good news for all wildlife – many animals rely on humans for survival

What a hungry Red kite tells us about human-animal relationships.

Ben Garlick, Lecturer in Human Geography, York St John University • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~6 min

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Homeschooling during coronavirus: five ways to teach children about climate change

By not talking about climate change, especially the powerful emotions it can provoke, misinformation and eco-anxiety may take root.

William Finnegan, PhD Candidate, University of Oxford • conversation
April 7, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus: what the lockdown could mean for urban wildlife

With wild boar in Barcelona and coyotes in San Francisco, the lockdown has transformed concrete jungles worldwide.

Becky Thomas, Senior Teaching Fellow in Ecology, Royal Holloway • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

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