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Learn about the role of nature in human health & well-being

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Please join us at this Biophilia: ITHACA forum for a lively presentation and discussion by Nancy Wells, Cornell University Professor. This presentation will explore the research, evidence, and theory indicating that the natural environment influences human health. We will explore connections between nature and diverse health and well-being outcomes
including cognitive functioning, mental health, physical activity, community cohesion, and longevity. In addition, we will consider the potential role of nature in bolstering resilience and buffering income-based disparities in health.

After the presentation, please participate in the business meeting to form three working committees. We need you to help make Biophilia: Ithaca a true community effort.

Date/time: Thursday, March 22; 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public. No registration requried.
Location: Tompkins County Public Library Borg Warner Room

 

What is Biophilia: ITHACA?

Biophilia is the human affinity for interacting with nature.  The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson.

Biophilia: ITHACA is modeled after the Biophilia: PITTSBURGH which is a “pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network of creative minds dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action.”

Our Mission: To strengthen human connections to nature and to advocate for policies and practices that benefit the local natural environment.

Our Goals:
•    To create a supportive and inclusive network that fosters collaboration and learning about biophilia among people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints
•    To welcome and inspire others with the concept of biophilia
•    To explore new approaches to strengthening human connections to nature and to discuss their application to our local community
•    To use our collective voice to advocate for and to assist in the implementation of policies and practices that benefit the natural environment


Free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided. This forum is sponsored by the biophilia:ITHACA chapter is comprised of numerous individuals and organizations including Cornell Botanic Gardens.

Our mission is to strengthen human connection to nature. All are invited to attend this forum and become active with biophilia: ITHACA. Contact hnc24@cornell.edu or erin@ithacachildrensgarden.org for more information.