1. What is nature?
The Corona, climate and biodiversity crises affect us all. They make us aware that everyone is vulnerable in a way that current generations have not previously experienced, or it must be the (memory of) the Flood of 1953. We had almost forgotten how dependant we are on nature. Considering Corona, we hope that technology will save us from that (through vaccination). But in the case of the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity, it will not work like that. We need to understand our relation to nature in a different way. In this meeting we look at that question 'What is nature and do we still have the right idea about it?
How we interact with nature, what does it say about us and our (western) culture?
We come from a period when we have viewed nature and the animals in it as commodities and utensils or as useful for our pleasure and entertainment. Are we then so insensitive, perhaps. As we increasingly discover that animals are not so different from humans, we also start to realise the opposite that humans as a species are not so different from animals. In this webinar we look at ourselves and what we learn about ourselves by learning about nature.
What does nature inclusive means. Can we as individuals become nature inclusive? Can we become nature inclusive as a culture? How does one do that?
If it is true that sustainability also calls for a different relationship with nature, then what does that mean? And what does an inclusive relationship with nature, look like? How do
you give shape to that? These are the questions we will dwell on in this meeting. To this end, we will also look at initiatives and examples from practice.