Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

Pandemic sheds light on importance of biodiversity

The novel coronavirus again shows that deadly illnesses can pass between species. Environmentalists hope that politicians will take urgent action to protect biodiversity and deal with the effects of climate change. “It is becoming increasingly clear that the outbreak of … Continue reading

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Stopping Deforestation Can Prevent Pandemics

Destroying habitats makes viruses and other pathogens more likely to infect humans. SARS, Ebola and now SARS-CoV-2: all three of these highly infectious viruses have caused global panic since 2002—and all three of them jumped to humans from wild animals … Continue reading

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The Role of Social Relational Emotions for Human-Nature Connectedness

Little is known about the psychological processes through which people connect to nature. From social psychology, we know that emotions play an essential role when connecting to others. In this article, we argue that social connectedness and connectedness to nature … Continue reading

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Cognitive Restoration in Children Following Exposure to Nature

Exposure to nature improves cognitive performance through a process of cognitive restoration. However, few studies have explored the effect in children, and no studies have explored how eye movements “in the wild” with mobile eye tracking technology contribute to the … Continue reading

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Minimum Time Dose in Nature to Positively Impact the Mental Health

This review provides time-dose and activity-type evidence for programs looking to use time in nature as a preventative measure for stress and mental health strain and also demonstrates opportunities in six specific foci for more research in this area. College … Continue reading

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Vitamin N: the power of nature to help us through difficult times

Everything has changed. Coronavirus has affected our lives in ways that none of us could ever have imagined. Millions of us are now working remotely until further notice. We are rightly being told to stay home. This new world of lockdown can … Continue reading

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What is COVID-19 teaching us about solving the climate crisis?

COVID-19 has rapidly changed the world we live in, as governments rightly prioritize our safety and wellbeing and ask us all to stay home. One of the upshots, for those of us lucky enough to be well, is that we … Continue reading

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Coronavirus and climate change: A tale of two crises

Coronavirus has cut emissions faster than years of climate negotiations. Does the outbreak reveal what life might be like if we were to act seriously on climate change? Or what it might be like if we don’t? China, the world’s … Continue reading

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Coronavirus pandemic linked to destruction of wildlife and world’s ecosystems

COVID-19 is the latest example of how human impact on biodiverse areas and wildlife habitats is linked to the spread of infectious diseases. The scientific consensus, on the other hand, is that the virus — SARS-CoV-2 — is a zoonotic … Continue reading

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Connection to Nature – Exploring the Construct of Relational Values

Why should nature be preserved and protected? This question is often answered from an instrumental or an intrinsic position (Tallis and Lubchenco, 2014). The fundamental postulate of the intrinsic perspective is that biological diversity has a value of its own, … Continue reading

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