Manage episode 285297332 series 2604890
By Janet Allison, Jennifer LW Fink, Janet Allison, and Jennifer LW Fink. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
Humans are hard-wired to connect with other species, says Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives -- and Save Theirs and Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. The loneliness that so many of us (& our boys) are feeling right due is certainly due to pandemic-related restrictions and lockdowns, but also due to our increasing disconnection from the natural world. "The farther we get from the natural world, the lonelier we get," Louv says. The solution: engage with nature. "There's this great conversation going on around us all the time -- of birds, of the coyote that walks through your backyard, the animals that we run into on our hikes, and also our pets," Louv says. "We can hear or sense or be in that conversation if we pay attention. When we do, we are less lonely." Animal encounters also inspire "a sense of wonder and awe," Louv says, that directly benefits our physical and mental health. "Safety in nature is over-rated," he says. "One of the reasons we need nature is because we're often not the top dog in nature. Nature excites all our senses, including the sense of humility." (Jen and her husband got a puppy soon after this episode was recorded. This is not a coincidence.) In this episode, Jen, Janet & Richard discuss: Animals' impact on human lives Species loneliness Why humans search for Bigfoot Why people are tuning into animals during the pandemic How nature and animals help humans heal Nature, risk, safety and humility How pets help develop boys' empathy and responsibility The link between animals and human mental health Human-animal relationships The importance of animal encounters - & why you should tell your animal stories Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode: richardlouv.com -- Richard's website Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives -- and Save Theirs -- Richard's latest book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder -- Richard's classic book Why We Hunger for a Connection to the Wild During Quarantine -- LA Times op-ed mentioned at 15:06 Children Nature Network -- the nonprofit mentioned by Richard at 17:38 Viral Video Shows Cougar Stalking Utah Hiker - video mentioned at 21:07 Fly-Fishing for Sharks: An Angler's Journey Across America -- another book my Richard, mentioned at 24:33 conwaybowman.com -- the guy who fly-fishes for sharks, as mentioned at 25:25 My Octopus Teacher -- Netflix documentary mentioned at 38:06 Sponsor Spotlight: Hiya Health HEALTHY children’s vitamins — no sugar or “gummy junk” included! Made from a blend of 12 farm-fresh fruits & veggies, Hiya Health vitamins are the easy way to get your boys the nutrition they need. Use discount code ONBOYS at checkout to save 50%.