Developing Ecological Consciousness for Education and Nature Connection

Friday 27th May
Session 7
1.40pm – 2.30pm
Room: TBA
Nature & Climate

In this precarious time of accelerated climate change, environmental destruction and biodiversity loss, ecological consciousness is essential for transforming our relationship with the Nature and fostering healthier, more resilient humans while creating a more sustainable, thriving world. The cultivation of ecological consciousness is the domain of eco-psychology and deep ecology, both of which aim to expand and deepen our awareness and connection with Nature.

This experiential workshop will explore the meaning and importance of our connection to self, society and Nature, and how we can teach, guide and inspire ourselves and others to experience the wonder, beauty and joy of our home on this Earth. We will ponder the astonishing vastness of geological time, contemplate the extraordinary complexity of our biosphere and reflect on our true place amongst the myriad of flora, fauna and fungi on our fragile and miraculous planet. “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum, 1968.

happy person in the Outdoors with tree and mountain landscape in the background

Jeff White

Nature Stewards

Jeff was born in Boston and grew up exploring the natural wonders and landscapes of the North-eastern and the Pacific Northwest of the USA. As a university student, he studied ecology, geography and sociology and completed a Masters in Education as he developed a passion for outdoor adventures, sustainability and advocating for wild places and wild creatures.

Jeff moved to Australia in 2008 and was awestruck by the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, the ancient landscapes of Central Australia and the forests and highlands of Tasmania and Victoria. Since coming to Melbourne he has earned a Master’s degree in Environment & Sustainability from Monash University. He has worked in environmental education and conservation, community development, permaculture and community mental health. Currently he is studying eco-psychology and exploring the benefits of Nature connection and forest therapy with his clients.