Layered pine trees with fog. Photo by Jay Mantri/Unsplash

To admit to the beauty of the natural world is to resist the modern habit of disregard for nature’s value. It is time to talk openly about the importance of beauty as the value that pervades life and as the value that increases human wellbeing.

Join our next webinar: Taking Lessons from Nature: How to Observe Our World

How long should a leaf live? When should blueberries ripen? Utilizing the knowledge of the natural world takes practice and observational skills. The real question is, why is it important to listen?

This webinar discusses the importance of...

It’s time to recognize the multiple benefits of parks and fund them as infrastructure if we want our cities to be successful and prepared for the future.

To ensure a reliable water supply in a drier future, we must embrace 21st-century solutions that restore river health while respecting the needs of existing users and communities.

To survive the 21st century, we must apply our ingenuity to living in balance with nature and building resilience to the climatic changes under way.

“I am the Lorax! I speak for the trees.

I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”

Dr. Seuss

 

What if, even in the heart of a densely developed city, people could have meaningful encounters with nature? The idea of a green city, a sustainable city, and even a resilient city are well-understood. Now, the emerging ideal of a biophilic city—which...

Growth of modern cities requires embrace of nature.

Photo Credit: Birds on a Wire by Flickr.com user Kiwi Flickr

The Rants from the Hill essay series has appeared in High Country News online every month, without fail, since July 2010. A lot has happened in those (almost) six years as we—my wife, Eryn, and our daughters, Hannah and Caroline—have...

If a tree falls in the forest, what does it cost? From the perspective of federal disaster assistance, the answer traditionally has been “not much.” But now — thanks to improved number-crunching — the federal government is taking nature into...

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