Home to Us All: how connecting with nature helps us care for ourselves and the Earth
This report presents the growing body of evidence that people’s relationship with nature profoundly influences their behaviours toward the Earth. At a time when the world is confronted with growing environmental threats, better understanding the critical connection between people and nature is key to informing effective decision making, stimulating positive action, and optimizing the benefits people and communities receive from nature.
Spending time in nature is good for us—for our children’s development, our overall health and well being, the vitality of our communities, and for economic sectors. When people experience and connect with nature they are also more likely to act in ways that benefit the Earth. Therefore, as this report indicates, the importance of meaningful personal connections with nature should be considered and integrated, along with scientific knowledge, into public policies related to the environment and sustainable development.