Welcome to The Nature Gatherer! This is a newsletter about the ancient and deep connection between people and nature. It's an exploration of how human culture can help us protect wildlife, enrich our own lives and, maybe, save the world.
These days, it’s common to hear people talk about nature as though it existed in a vacuum, a thing totally separate from us. Well, practically all our ways of knowing, relating to and interacting with nature are hugely shaped by the sort of people we are and whatever culture we happen to be part of, no matter where we are in the world.
It's my view that human culture and nature intersect in hopeful and surprising ways. And, as I mentioned in this Q&A explainer about The Nature Gatherer, I think it's important that we understand this relationship. Because we humans, now arguably the dominant force influencing the planet, must be the source of efforts to rescue the natural world.
To do that, we're going to have to take our culture(s) with us.