As part of the Conservation/Sustainability movement, I’m a bit tired of the way in which “we explain” to people why they should care about their environment.
I would like to start asking people why they value their environment. And I may be wrong, but I don’t think the answer will be ecosystem goods and services.
I think many people may have much more of an emotional connection than we currently give credence. Nature gives us a sense of perspective, inspires awe, wonder and delights us aesthetically. Perhaps this is the most powerful way we can connect with one another about nature?
After all, we’re happy to join together in serving gods who give us emotional solace, yet we currently seem only able to talk about how nature can serve us.