Connecting with Nature
This Big Idea involves looking at the way humans interact with the natural world. It helps students understand that nature is everywhere, and everyone has direct access to what nature has to offer us all. Nature represents a significant source of expertise – humans have much to learn from billions of years of evolution of the Earth’s living systems. Connecting with Nature is focused on developing an affinity for nature that disrupts dominant discourses that surround the idea of conquering nature of exploiting nature for its resources. Students will explore the idea of “Biophilia” - the innate emotional affiliation that humans have to other living organisms.