Integrating multiple perspectives on the human-nature relationship: A reply to Fletcher 2017

Matthew Zylstra, Karen Esler, Andrew Knight, Lesley Le Grange

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Abstract

The concept of “connectedness with nature” is increasingly used in environmental and sustainability discourse. However, this construct has also been critiqued and proponents charged with harboring an ambivalence that paradoxically reinforces a sense of separation from “nature”. We respond to one critique by demonstrating that whilst problematizing aspects of “connectedness with nature” has merit, selective use of examples misconstrues efforts in this field, undermines common ground and conflates theoretical conceptualizations with practical implementation. In addressing problems of perception and praxis, we emphasize the primacy of direct experience in shaping ways of knowing and recommend integral ecology (based on Wilber’s integral theory) as an inclusive framework for attending to multiple perspectives on the human-nature relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Environmental Education
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

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