An Ecology of Happiness

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Author(s): Eric Lambin
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Oct 01, 2012
Product Number: EB00813792
Released: Mar 20, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780226466699
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Description

The scientific evidence that a healthy planet equals happier humans: "Highly recommended."—Library Journal We've heard plenty about the big-picture damage and danger of environmental degradation. But there hasn't been much focus on its impact on us and our well-being. You sense it while walking on a sandy beach or in a forest, or when you catch sight of wildlife, or even while gardening in your backyard. Could it be that the natural environment is an essential part of our happiness? In this wide-ranging work, Eric Lambin draws on new scientific evidence in the fields of geography, political ecology, environmental psychology, urban studies, and disease ecology, among others, to answer such questions as: To what extent do we need nature for our well-being? What can be done to protect the environment and increase our well-being at the same time? Drawing on case studies from Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America, Lambin makes a persuasive case for the strong link between healthy ecosystems and happy humans. An Ecology of Happiness offers a compelling, powerful argument to help motivate commitment and action: Whether it's brilliant fall foliage or birdsong, nature makes our steps a little lighter and our eyes a little brighter. What better reason to protect an ecosystem or save a species than for our own pleasure? "Anyone who has ever delighted in the earthy scent of a springtime stroll in the woods, a walk on the beach, or a starry gaze into the universe now has scholarly proof. Nature, not money or material possessions, makes us happy."—Ruth DeFries, Columbia University, author of The Big Ratchet

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