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ergophobe

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We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« on: August 27, 2018, 02:18:28 AM »
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“With each ensuing generation, the amount of environmental degradation increases, but each generation tends to perceive that degraded condition as the nondegraded condition, as the normal experience,” Kahn and Weiss write in their paper..

https://www.futurity.org/environmental-generational-amnesia-nature-1612452-2/

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Re: We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2018, 10:04:23 AM »
"Experience some ‘big nature’

Research has linked exposure to the outdoors with physical and mental health benefits, greater ability to focus and communicate with others, and an overall improvement in quality of life. At the same time, health conditions connected to sedentary lifestyles, such as diabetes and obesity, are on the rise."
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Re: We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2018, 09:26:29 PM »
This is one of the downsides to being adaptable.
« Last Edit: August 28, 2018, 03:13:34 PM by littleman »

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Re: We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2018, 06:19:46 PM »
Yosemite Valley, Memorial Day Weekend, 2002

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Re: We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2018, 06:48:27 AM »
Heard an NPR thingy on the radio about a guy who travels to extremely remote areas where the silence levels are at extreme levels. The NPR guy was reduced to tears in the spot he was taken to.

Why a city boy like me lives in a forested area now. Not remote or as quiet as the NPR thingy. But closer to nature. And yeah, I forgot.  :P

Stepped out to get something from the car a couple days ago and was stunned by the white billowy clouds next to the blue of the skies at sunset, with pinks and orange mixed in against the clouds.

Then I noticed the bats circling above my house feeding on bugs.

And silence.

There is something about TREES that makes a huge difference in the quality of life. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but trees make me feel a whole lot better.

Cement does the opposite to me.
« Last Edit: August 31, 2018, 07:03:01 AM by martinibuster »

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Re: We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2018, 07:44:16 AM »
>Why a city boy like me lives in a forested area now.

This is something I've wanted most of my life, I am envious.

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Re: We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2018, 03:50:56 PM »
>> something I've wanted most of my life

So what's your plan to make it happen?

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Re: We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2018, 04:14:07 PM »
At the moment there is no plan.  My wife and I both have parents who live near by and as they age we feel like we should stay within a short drive from them.  Also, the kids aren't too keen on getting uprooted.

We do talk about eventually moving the the outscurts of the North Bay, probably when the last kid is off to college.
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Re: We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2018, 04:25:33 PM »
>>a guy who travels to extremely remote areas where the silence levels are at extreme levels

I read an article about this. I believe the quietest spot was in the Ho Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula here in WA. Beautiful part of the country.

https://onesquareinch.org/

And that is one site where you actually want to have your sound turned on.

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Re: We’re forgetting what ‘nature’ really means
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2018, 08:22:53 PM »
At the moment there is no plan.  My wife and I both have parents who live near by and as they age we feel like we should stay within a short drive from them.  Also, the kids aren't too keen on getting uprooted.

Having taking the other path, this is one of the hard things. When we first moved to Yosemite we shared a house with some long-term Yosemite folks who were moving back to the Midwest and more urban living. Joanna told me "We see our parents once a year. My parents are 82. Actuarial tables tell me that a healthy 82-year old has a life expectancy of 10 years, which means that if I stay here, I will see my parents just ten more times, and that is not enough times, so we're moving."

There is no place you can go that will have everything you want. So the plan we're working on is how to be able to spend more time away from home, without actually moving. It sounds like your best option in the short term is the same.