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Science has recently confirmed what philosophers and spiritualists have spoken of for thousands of years: that all life on this planet is interconnected. Sadly, we often get so wrapped up in our daily lives that we forget to stop to consciously recognize and acknowledge our connection with the natural world, and actually go spend time in it and with it.

Q3.1 CAN – In the early 70’s; James Lovelock’s famous “Gaia” hypothesis postulated that all life on Earth made up a single, self-sustaining system that we rely on. He could be considered the father of the modern conservation movement. Watch David Suzuki interview Lovelock here: Link 1 (4:30) L1 and Lovelock himself elaborate on the origins and science behind his theory here: Link 2 (13:41) L2


Q3.2 INT – What is deep ecology? Link 3 L1

INT – Deep Ecologist Satish Kumar speaks on the intrinsic value of Nature, Deep and Shallow Ecology: Link 4 (2:44) L2


Q3.3 INT – A Rochester University study suggests that spending time in nature makes people feel more alive: Link 5 L2 

INT-US – Let’s look at a few benefits of spending time in nature: Link 6 L2

INT-US – Meaningful relationships with nature helps create mental health and peace: Link 7 L2


Q3.4 INT – Explore our connection with nature. Where does it come from and how does it benefit us? Link 8 L1

INT – A conversation with E.O. Wilson, the author of The Biophilia Hypothesis: Link 9 L1 


Q3.5 INT – Find out more about ecotherapy as an alternative to mainstream therapy: Link 10 L1

INT – Why ecotherapy? Link 11 L1


Helpful Optional Links

INT  Did you know…? source: Link 5 L1

INT – Let’s take a moment and look at this beautiful place we live in and remember why we want to shift our ways to let this natural life live on: Link 12 (3:03) L1

INT-US – The “Green Fire” trailer claims that our relationship with Earth and those on it has been out of whack for a while and offers a different perspective: Link 13 (2:51) L1 or a longer version at: Link 14 (13:29) L2

CAN-BC – Students connecting with nature and giving back: Link 15 L1 

INT – Explore a few stories of people connecting with nature in urban contexts. You don’t need to flee the city to connect with nature (click on “Wild Places” for more rural examples): Link 16 L1

CAN-BC – BC has a lot of Urban Wild Spaces for people, their pets and wildlife to enjoy. Is this privilege being threatened? Is it something we need to think about protecting? Link 17 L2

INT-US – Written by Kallie Markel and turned into a poetic film by Jesse Roston, Growing is Forever tells the story of the life of trees in the Redwood Forests of California: Link 18 (3:07) L1

CAN – Here is one last video to connect you to our breathing, living planet. Enjoy connecting on your own time: Link 19 (1:29) L1

INT – There is a lot about nature that can teach us. BBC Earth has a YouTube Channel to do exactly that. Have fun exploring this channel: Link 20 L1


Current Events

INT - 2017 March 23 - World Economic Forum - This Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing. Learn about the practice of Forest Bathing!: Event 1

BC – 2015 June 25th - The Vancouver Sun  “Invasive species a threat in every corner of B.C.” Dozens of non-native invasive plants and animals are established in British Columbia, arriving on the wind, in nursery plants, soil and on improperly cleaned boats: Event 2  

INT – 2015 June 20th - Express  “Humans have triggered sixth MASS EXTINCTION of Earth, scientists warn” If the current pace of extinction is allowed to continue, species loss will have a significant effect on human populations in as little as three generations: Event 3 

INT – 2015 June 21st - Vietnam.Net  “Architect uses Nature to Nurture village” An area that was formerly degraded is now a protected and tranquil destination for travelers thanks to a local architect: Event 4


Liens de Recherche en Français

Ces liens informeront vos Questions de Recherche et vos Réflexions Critiques 

INT - La nature est un élan vital. Le premier lien explique pourquoi nos liens avec la nature sont si importants et la deuxième contient une entrevue avec Jean Lemire après son expédition en Antarctique. Lien 1 et Lien 2

INT – Qu’est-ce que l’écologie profonde? L1 Lien 3

INT - Apprenez ce qu’est l’écologie superficielle! L1 Lien 4


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