February 12, 2020 – Kelsey Arrington
#RelationshipGoals: 7 Ways To Connect With Nature
Who says relationship goals have to be about couples? We think one of the most important relationships we can build is our connection to nature and the environment. In these times of environmental peril and concern for the natural world, we encourage you to take some time to connect with the planet.
1. Schedule Time To Slow Down And Embrace The Natural World
Humans are innately connected to nature. But when is the last time you really connected with nature?
Studies show that getting outdoors can be beneficial to your physical and mental health. Go for a walk at your local park, plan a long weekend in the wilderness, or just make an effort to observe the wonders of the natural world around you.
2. Cultivate Joy By Getting Your Hands Dirty
Whether you are an experienced gardener, a novice with a green thumb, or a climate activist, working with dirt is sure to connect you with the Earth, literally. Looking for a place to start? You can use the Forest Garden Training Center to learn TREES’ approach to sustainable agriculture. Recognized by the United Nations as a model for agricultural education, the FGTC provides free resources that can be used to optimize any piece of land. What better way to immerse yourself in nature than getting your hands dirty?
3. Create Nature-inspired Art
The beauty of nature is awe-inspiring, so use it as a guide for your next DIY project. Think of the deep blue hues of the ocean, the texture of tree bark or the feathered wings of a bird then gather your materials. Before buying anything look around for items to upcycle or collect your supplies outside. You can use scrap fabric, buttons, pinecones, seashells and more to create your nature-inspired masterpiece.
4. Ease Your Eco-anxiety By Watching A Heartening Documentary
Want to be one with nature from your couch? Stream a documentary about animals, nature, the planet… your options are endless. Not sure where to start?
If you want to gain a deeper understanding of the root cause of environmental degradation and the solution to hunger, poverty, and deforestation, watch The Forest Garden Solution. TREES’ short documentary might just ease your eco-anxiety after all.
5. Take Yourself On A Sustainable Solo-date
Redefine dinner plans by seeking out sustainable food sources. Or simply cook at home using the items you already have on hand.
If you’re lucky enough to know a Forest Garden farmer, source your food from them! If not, check out your local CSA, farmers market or a zero-waste restaurant.
6. Unplug And Expand Your Mind Offline
Have an internet-free evening and get cozy with a book instead.
We recommend One Shot: Trees As Our Last Chance for Survival by John Leary where he discusses solutions to climate change and how the global community can work together to rebuild our dying food systems and ecosystems. One Shot is available in paperback, audiobook and e-reader formats, and each purchase plants 50 trees!
7. Embody The Idea of Reciprocity
Like any relationship, your relationship with nature should be give and take. The Earth gives us so much, let’s give back! Dote on nature by donating to an organization that makes a positive impact.
When you give to TREES’ mission, you’re helping to reforest the planet, but you’re also taking action to end hunger, poverty, and deforestation.