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Get Wild: Building a connection with nature to combat climate changes

Get Wild: Building a connection with nature to combat climate changes

Get Wild: Creating connection with nature to combat climate change

Last week, Keystone was covered in snow as people walked along the trail.
Kaylin Lilly/Courtesy photograph

We are constantly bombarded with news about natural disasters caused climate change. This is why despair is a natural response.

Last month’s wildfires in Boulder County, drought and extreme weather are climate change at our front door. These disasters can make us feel helpless and depressed, which can lead us to feeling paralyzed or inactive. To remind ourselves why nature deserves protection, and to get the inspiration to be proactive in protecting it, we must connect daily with nature.

Although the climate crisis is very daunting, we also know that fear and hopelessness in the world are exactly what we need. Older environmental groups have been criticized because they used fearful data and statistics in their efforts to find climate solutions. This approach to climate change has led to a lot more destruction on our planet.

The inability to control the ever-changing dynamics of the Earth have motivated more destruction because of our natural reactions to nature’s unknowns. We are able to control the environment by using chemical pollutants in food production, or creating a perfect, molded and landscaped version of nature that feels more secure and less out of our reach.

When we are scared of nature’s capabilities, especially with climate change, we are more likely to avoid connecting with nature, which leads to more destruction. Although we are all part of nature, the severity of climate change may make us feel more isolated from nature. What if we used this heartbreaking information as inspiration to tackle climate change?

How can we develop a new perspective and a deeper connection with the natural environment? Spend some time being with nature. We are part of Mother Nature’s shifts and unknowns. It is possible to approach the unknowns with more strength and humility if you have a personal connection with Mother Nature. We can be more open to the possibility of a healing world by accepting our limitations and being less likely to flee from the sufferings of the world.

A connection with nature is one of best ways to not just cope with climate change, but also to find a purpose for positive climate action.

Every day, go outside and take a mindful hike, ski, or walk to observe nature. Perhaps you look out at Buffalo Mountain to see how it reflects your strength and resilience. Perhaps you are able to find deep gratitude for the smallest things that you may not have noticed before. You might find yourself able to accept and be grateful for the beauty and destruction that nature creates.

This destruction in our world opens the door for new life just in the way that our world’s current standing is an invitation for us to live a better, more reciprocal life with nature. Notice your exhale breath that enables a tree to take in carbon while the tree’s exhale gives us oxygen. The simple treasures of nature, like the bluebird skies or the glistening white snow, are worth noticing. Appreciate the Steller’s jay’s ability to survive in a Summit County winter.

These practices can inspire you to change the way that you live and the causes you support. This mindfulness can help you feel more connected to your environment and inspire you to take positive action for the future.

Kaylin Lilly

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