We study the multifaceted relationships among humans, nature, and animals, and how those connections can be leveraged towards shared wellbeing. Our work recognizes the complex socio-ecological systems that frame society’s interaction with all forms of nature and the environment, whether they are considered natural, social, or built. We are interested in learning how all parts of our society engage with nature in culturally meaningful ways. With this approach, we hope to empower people to address seemingly intractable environmental and social challenges. A humanistic approach is the foundation of our inquiry into humanity’s connection with the biosphere.

When we think of the Biosphere, we ask:

  • What are ways in which environmental protection and human wellbeing are mutually beneficial?
  • What role do people’s cultural backgrounds play in their relationship to nature?
  • How do different groups collaborate to impact themselves and nature positively?
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