Gaia: everything on Earth is connected
"Disconnection from nature is considered one of the major problems facing nature conservation. The term ‘connection to nature’ is frequently used to describe our enduring relationship with nature, including emotions, attitudes and behaviour.
Research shows that people with a greater connection to nature are more likely to behave positively towards the environment, wildlife and habitats. Developing an enduring relationship between people and nature, connecting people, may be critical for future nature conservation.
There is also increasing evidence of a positive relationship between a person’s connection to nature and their health and wellbeing. Experiencing nature is thought to provide health and wellbeing benefits. This is a potential ecosystem service that could start a positive feedback loop between health, well- and connection to nature that leads to benefits for biodiversity conservation.
The health and wellbeing benefits of experiencing nature may be especially important to those suffering from ill health, such as dementia. Activities which assist people with dementia to engage with nature may be tools for improving their health, wellbeing and connection to nature, not only for the individual but for their carers, friends and families."
Dr Joelene Hughes
Principal Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science, RSPB
Photo reference: Danniella Jaine
Model: Olivia Harriet
Original painting technique and size: acrylic paint on canvas size 120x80 cm
All original paintings come signed by the artist and with the certificate of authenticity.
Painting comes unframed and ready to go on the wall.
Limited edition fine art prints of this artwork are available here.