The Belonging Volume
Nature is our home. Our biotic community comprises a wealth of species all interconnected and interdependent on one another, flourishing in a rich tapestry of life that spans the planet. For millions of years, we evolved in complete connection with the world around us. But sadly, many of us today are experiencing a crisis of belonging and feel distant from the natural world.
This volume takes a planetary perspective to reflect on the significance of our existence and that of the intricate network of ecosystems we inhabit. It explores how intimate knowledge of nature can enable us to feel at home outdoors, and how finding wonder in our everyday lives can profoundly impact our worldview. It listens to the voices of the younger generation and ruminates on the concept of intergenerational equity, and it hears stories of collective action to tackle some of today’s most pressing issues. It inspires us to humbly step back from our anthropogenic view on the world so we may find belonging in nature and come home to ourselves.
• Rekindling our innate connection to the earth and finding a deep sense of belonging • How intimate knowledge of nature can enable us to feel at home outdoors • Preserving edible plant varieties and working towards food and seed sovereignty • Questioning the concept of land ownership in the face of climate breakdown and ecological collapse • Uncovering the importance of awe-inspiring experiences and planetary perspective in building a regenerative future for both people and planet • Reconsidering the concept of belonging in nature in a changing world? • Celebrating Sweden’s natural systems through remarkable works of art • Understanding the meticulous process of creating a great axe and how craftsmanship can influence your perspective on the world • Supporting the ecological recovery of one of the planet’s most threatened marine ecosystems, the Baltic Sea • Finding calm and quiet corners in the Swedish outdoors