Connection with nature is an oxymoron: A political ecology of “nature-deficit disorder”

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Abstract

It has become commonplace to argue that greater “connection with nature” is needed to mobilize support for both biodiversity conservation and environmentalism generally, and hence to call for more effective environmental education to achieve this. I employ a political ecology lens to problematize this increasingly conventional wisdom by highlighting the ways in which a sense of separation from “nature” is in fact paradoxically reinforced by the very environmental education and related practices employed to overcome it. In response, I call for greater interrogation of the concept of “nature” as well as the political-economic structures driving environmental degradation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-233
JournalJournal of Environmental Education
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • connection with nature
  • nature-deficit disorder
  • political ecology

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