Greening the Mind and Minding the Green
This second researcher-led seminar, in association with the Graduate School, explored sustainability and green spaces, with a presentation from Dr. Jonathan Coope (Institute of Mental Health) and discussion on the topic of: ‘Greening the mind and minding the green’: An introduction to nature-connectedness research, theory and applications’ (abstract below).
Fore more details on the ‘Greening the Mind’ Integrated Research Group, please visit the Centre for Social Futures (SoFu) web pages at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) website. The web page also includes information about other related research groups – including the ‘Growing Better Lives’ group which also investigates green care approaches to mental health.
We also heard about the Campus Community Garden from Lexi Earl in the School of Education. This is an entirely student run, funded, food growing project located just beside the Humanities Building.
The campus garden needs volunteers and so if you are interested in getting involved, please contact Lexi at: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Greening the mind and minding the green’: An introduction to nature-connectedness research, theory and applications
In recent years, growing attention has been paid within the mental health arena to the therapeutic benefits of eco-therapies such as horticulture therapy and care farming, and to the beneficial effects of the natural world upon mental wellbeing. But nature-connectedness research invites us to not only ecologize psychology, but also to psychologize ecology: in other words, to recognise that climate change and other sustainability campaigns are also psychological projects through-and-through. This talk introduces some of the issues and problems raised and also explores how nature-connectedness research and theory can help to inform environmental campaigning.
*The image is kindly provided by Lexi Earl, Campus Community Garden