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How Nature Awakens Our Creativity, Compassion, and Joy
Why spend countless hours indoors in front of screens when being in nature feels so good? In learning why and how to nurture our emotional connection with nature, we can also regenerate the ecosystems on which we depend for our survival.
Renewal explores the science behind why being in nature makes us feel alive and helps us thrive. Using personal experiences and cutting-edge research in cognitive science, this book weaves delightful stories that:
- Reveal nature's genius and impacts on our lives from physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual perspectives
- Explore how emulating nature is yielding design breakthroughs with biomimicry and biophilic design
- Highlight the importance of compassion and coexisting with wildlife in designing our conservation strategies
- Describe the significance of nurturing an ecological ethic that supports a reciprocal relationship with nature.
Whether you are drawn to conservation or are interested in the science behind human behavior, Renewal will help create a blueprint for integrating nature with a life of creativity, compassion, and joy.
Andrés R Edwards is an educator, award-winning author, media designer, presenter, and sustainability consultant. He is founder and president of EduTracks, a firm specializing in developing education programs and consulting services on sustainable practices for green building and business projects. Andrés lives in northern California. www.andresedwards.com
"Rediscovering joy through nature is of critical importance within the climate movement; the bonds that hold movements together aren't just strategic, they build our compassion. This book can be a guide on that journey."
May Boeve, executive director, 350.org
"Renewal is a journey that takes us home... Edwards' personal love affair with this world and his eclectic relationship with sages from every time and culture make this journey delightful, nourishing, and worth every page."
Sandy Wiggins, co-founder and principal, Consilience, LLC;Director, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
"This inspiring mix of inner work and outer action reminds us we still have a chance to save the planet (and ourselves), if we turn to nature as our guide."
Mary Reynolds Thompson, author, Embrace Your Inner Wild and Reclaiming the Wild Soul
"Andrés Edwards' important new book walks us through the steps of forging a powerful emotional bond with the rest of nature.."
Linda Buzzell, co-editor, Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind
"A key subject, explored with clarity."
Jeremy Narby, author, Intelligence in Nature
"Renewal contains many guiding ideas and suggestions for making the connection [with nature] a real part of our lives. After you read it, get out there and build your own lifetime of experiences."
Carl Safina, author, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
"Saving nature is not just an altruistic act. In saving nature we also save ourselves since our innate affiliation with it supports our wellbeing. Nature provides services that we can hardly replicate and can be the inspiration for the things we design. Andrés Edwards has articulated the message that our lives are tied economically, intellectually,and spiritually to nature."
Bill Browning, Partner, Terrapin Bright Green
"This book is a pioneering exploration of an epochal (and bitterly necessary) shift in our attitude toward nature. Edwards sees nature not as an external resource to make human life safe but as part of the paradigm of reciprocity that makes our existence possible and allows reality to flourish."
Andreas Weber, author, Biology of Wonder,Matter & Desire, and Enlivenment
This book includes remarkable stories and neuroscience discoveries that inspire us and call on us to connect to nature and live more fulfilling live."
Thupten Jinpa, author, A Fearless Heart
"Robinson Jeffers wrote: "We must uncenter our minds from ourselves; we must unhumanize our views a little, and become confident as the rock and ocean that we were made from". Andrés Edwards confidently and elegantly guides us through how to unhumanize, and then rehumanize, ourselves."
Wallace J. Nichols, PhD, author, Blue Mind
"In these times when less than half of Americans say they participate in outdoor recreation, and mental health problems have become epidemic in part due to people spending too much time watching electronic screens, Andrés' book will help people return to their roots and discover the healing and inspiring powers of nature."
James A. Swan, PhD, author, Nature as Teacher and Healer
"Using personal anecdotes and scientific evidence, Renewal illuminates the different ways we can emotionally and intellectually connect with nature as well as practical ways we can deepen this relationship to promote both our own flourishing, and that of the natural world around us."
Craig L. Anderson, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
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