The Elements of Eco-Connection: A Cross-Cultural Lexical Enquiry
Lomas, T. 2019. The Elements of Eco-Connection: A Cross-Cultural Lexical Enquiry. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16 (Art. 5120).
The environment is widely recognised to be in peril, with clear signs of a climate crisis. This situation has many dimensions and factors, but key among them are the often-destructive ways in which humans interact with the natural world. Numerous cultures—particularly more industrialised and/or Western ones—have developed predatory and disconnected modes of interaction. In such modes, nature tends to be constructed as a resource to be exploited (rather than, say, a commonwealth to be protected). However, many people—especially, but not only, in less ‘developed’ nations—have cultivated less destructive modes of relationship. These bonds may be broadly encompassed under the rubric of ‘eco-connection’. In the interests of exploring these latter modes, an enquiry was conducted into adaptive forms of engagement with nature across the world’s cultures. The enquiry focused on untranslatable words, i.e., which lack an exact translation in another language (in this case, English). Through a quasi-systematic search of academic and grey literature, together with additional data collection, over 150 relevant terms were located. An adapted form of grounded theory identified three main dimensions of eco-connection: sacrality, bonding, and appreciation. Such analyses have the potential to promote greater wellbeing literacy with respect to our relationship with nature, both within academia and beyond in the wider culture. This includes enriching the nomological network in psychology, and more broadly building a nature-related vocabulary that is more sustainable and harmonious. In doing so, there may also be benefits to public health, in that developing such literacy could possibly influence people’s engagement with nature itself, leading to more adaptive forms of relationship.
|Journal||International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health|
|Journal citation||16 (Art. 5120)|
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|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.3390/ijerph16245120|
|Web address (URL)||https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16245120|
|Online||14 Dec 2019|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||13 Dec 2019|
|Deposited||16 Dec 2019|
|Copyright holder||© 2019 The Author|
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