Nature and perception

Restoring a taste for nature

In order to conserve biodiversity, we need to restore a taste for nature. In our hyper-connected societies, we are gradually detaching ourselves from the benefits of nature. In our urban societies, nature is becoming increasingly scarce, and we are diminishing our opportunities to experience nature. Our life choices, our behaviours, our interests, have become a reflection of this dramatic situation and explain our indifference to the erosion of biodiversity. So how can we transform this vicious circle into a virtuous circle?
Two CEBC-CNRS teams are interested in the determinants of the relationships we build with nature and which influence our representations of the world around us. We attach particular importance to children’s experiences in nature, as this is a decisive period for building ourselves and shaping our perception of the world.

Contacts: sylvie.houte(at), xavier.bonnet(at)
For further information :
2019 : Master Manon Nourdin, Jean Monnet University, Saint-Etienne :
– An experiment in 21 classes in the Deux-Sèvres region
– Mail from nature 318
– Courrier de l’Ouest 21/06/2019
2020 : Programme Representations of Diversity in Children, New Aquitaine Region

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