Nature is powerful. It restores our capacity for attention, calms us, speeds up physical healing, reduces crime, and connects us spiritually.
Psychotherapy has already taught us that we can't ignore the past, mindfulness teaches us we can't ignore the present, but ecotherapy teaches us we can't ignore the future.
Relentlessly eradicating the ecological foundations for human existence as we know it, in a sane society would be called madness, rather than business as normal.
Humans did not evolve living in boxes, getting in their boxes to drive to work, to sit in their boxes typing messages for other people to read on their boxes.
Because of the great barrier reef, the amazon rainforest, polar bears, and just about every other living thing.
Wildness is fresh, sexy, surprising, alive, and creative... Who wants to be domesticated?
For our children. If you have ever resigned yourself to the idea that maybe it's okay that the human race is on it's way out, try this: Think about specific members of the next generation that you know and care about, then ask yourself what you really want for them. Still feeling resigned?
Because it's the necessary next step for professionals in mental health. Psychology has stopped being neutral on the broader issues of race, sexuality, trauma and abuse. Now it's time to face our environmental crisis. All mental health professionals need to find the courage to join other more active professions (scientists, environmental organisations) and speak out about environmental issues.