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Do you use biophilic design in your projects?

Posted by: GreenCE Sustainable Design and Construction // Sustainable Content Creator at GreenCE

In 1925, Henry Beston wrote The Outermost House, in which he chronicled a year spent alone on a Cape Cod beach. His solitary time revealed truths relevant to nature, including human nature. Beston said, “Nature is a part of our humanity, and without some awareness and experience of that divine mystery, man ceases to be man.” All our evolution toward a more civilized society has crippled our connection to an elemental part of the human experience. Without experiencing nature as something more than a novelty, future generations will find it hard to protect, sustain, and connect to nature.

A recent survey in the UK proved this disconnect to be true, showing that 69% (or 7 out of 10) Brits feel they are losing touch with nature. Some disturbing results from the survey include:

  • 13% of Brits admitted that it’s been two years or more since they left urban areas and visited the countryside
  • 33% of parents felt that they don’t know enough about British wildlife to pass any knowledge onto their children
  • Brits surveyed couldn’t identify certain wildlife, such as owls, toads, and hedgehogs, or trees that had been known by previous generations

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