Module 6

Re-Engaging Nature

Connecting Social, Religious, and Environmental Flourishing

 

Tensions In Sustainability Forum Series, Center for Ethics, Emory University

Module Goals

This module focuses on understanding how humans engage with nature and explores ways to engage nature in present times. To this end, the following overarching goals have been identified for this module.
  • Participants develop a deeper understanding of how religious and cultural practices intersect with nature.
  • Participants become familiar with the psychological and physiological benefits of engaging with nature and the barriers to that engagement in their lives and communities.
  • Participants identify opportunities to engage with nature in their daily lives and to develop practices that will lead to sustained re-engagement with nature.

Preparation

To prepare for this module kindly familiarize yourself with this guide.
You will need to decide if Exercise A, “Nature Association,” or Exercise B, “Studying Sacred Texts” is best for your group. If time allows you can consider doing both exercises.
  • Exercise A Preparation: If indoors with access to AV equipment, download the Nature Association PowerPoint presentation from www.CREATEForumSeries.com. If outdoors or without AV equipment, print the pictures in the Nature Association PowerPoint to facilitate discussion.
  • Exercise B Preparation: Print copies of the Studying Sacred Texts Handout. Research the cultural or religious leanings of the group you are leading, with specific regard to environmental  sustainability and people’s relationship with nature. Be prepared to discuss this with the group.
  • Print copies of the Benefits of Re-Engagement with Nature Handout for discussion. Familiarize yourself with the World Café discussion model (refer to the World Café Hosting Guide located at (www.theworldcafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Cafe-To-Go-Revised.pdf). Handouts, images, and World Café hosting tips can be found in the Teaching Materials section at the end of this module.

Time

Preparation time will vary across individuals but should take about 2 hours . The implementation of the module will take 1 hour. Suggested times are provided for sections and sub-sections to assist the facilitator with time management.

Module Outline

  • How do we understand nature and engage with nature?
  • Benefits of engaging with nature.
  • Practices to develop re-engagement with nature.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module, participants should:
  • Identify their religious and cultural practices that intersect with nature.
  • Explain the psychological and physiological benefits of engaging with nature and connect these benefits to economic and political values.
  • Analyze factors in their lives that inhibit engagement with nature.
  • Identify opportunities to foster engagement with nature in daily life.
  • Develop practices that will lead to re-engagement with nature in daily life.

Materials Needed

  • Markers or other writing implements
  • Large flip cart or large pieces of paper
  • Exercise A: AV equipment for projection or printed copies of the Nature Association PowerPoint
  • Exercise B: Print copies of the Studying Sacred Texts Handout
  • Printed copies of the Benefits of Re-Engagement with Nature Handout
  • Printed copies of the World Cafe Hosting Tips for table hosts

 

Download Module 6 Here: CREATE_Forum.Module6

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