1. Bekoff, Marc, and Richard Louv. Rewilding Our Hearts. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2014. Print.
  2. Bump, Jermome. “Biophilia and Emotive Ethics.” Ethics and the Environment 19.2 (2014): 57. Web.
  3. Howell, Andrew J., Raelyne L. Dopko, Holli-Anne Passmore, and Karen Buro. “Nature Connectedness: Associations with Well-being and Mindfulness.” Personality and Individual Differences 51.2 (2011): 166-71. Web.
  4. Zhang, Weizhe, Eben Goodale, and Jin Chen. “How Contact with Nature Affects Children’€™s Biophilia.” Biological Conservation 177 (2014): 109-16. Web.

Source #1: This source is a book by professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Mark Beckoff, who is also an huge advocate for animals and the environment. In the book he discusses ways to go about wildlife conservation from a new perspective of reconnecting to the natural world and breaking down boundaries that humans have created with nature. He explains his theories as to why humans have disconnected from the natural world, and gives his insight as to how we can go about “rewilding”. This novel overall highlights the exact premise of my paper (Why advocacy is important, why humans have disconnected and how to reconnect) minus the parts that discuss how to do it on a smaller scale, college campus level.

Source #2: This source goes along the same route as Beckoffs in regards to explaining how emotions and the feelings associated with biophilia are beneficial in reconnecting people to the environment, more specifically other animals. I feel like the aspect of this work that discusses our connection with animals will be beneficial to my portion of the paper that looks at how humans have come to disconnect. The fact that humans see themselves as the superior animal is a perception that disconnects us from them and therefore does not make feel people inclined to help conserve.

Source #3: This source utilizes two different studies done that analyze nature’s effect on people’s well being and mindfulness, using the Biophilia hypothesis as a predictor as to why this occurs. The researchers in this source are trying to explain how nature impacts emotion, psychological well being and overall mental health using the studies (both studies were correlational and compared how connected the people scored themselves with the environment and their well being). This source will give me actual scientific data for explanations and applications as to why/how the Biophilia hypothesis works.

Source #4: This source is a study done by Chinese researchers that looks at the children’s attitudes towards animals and nature and measurements of their contact with nature and general attitudes about it and conservation. The study came to find that when children are in less contact with nature or animals, for example in urban areas, they have less passion for conservation and not as much of an attitude of any kind about nature. This provides another source of scientific evidence supporting the biophilia hypothesis and I can utilize it when discussing that and how important it is to get people involved in any nature/environmental activities.

Together, my sources collaborate to explain why contact with nature is important for well being of people and for advocacy because people are more inclined to want to conserve the environment if they feel a personal connection to it. The sources provide a mixture of scientific studies that provide the evidence for the claims and general explanations and examples of how reconnecting to nature is beneficial for everybody.

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