This article, “Creating inspiration: The role of the arts in creating empathy for ecological restoration”, came to me by way of Glenda Wardle at the University of Sydney’s School of Biological Sciences.
It is an interesting look at how artists and environmental restoration workers can creatively draw from and give back to the natural environment.
The study, by David J. Curtis, concludes that “modern life, dominated as it is by technology, artificial environments, processed food, mass production of consumables and mass transformation of landscapes, has disconnected most people from the natural environment but the arts provide a way of re-establishing this link”:
… the stories, the songs, are as much of our environment as the buildings and trees… in terms of an ecology [and] thinking about life as an integrated system… I think there are artistic ways of being able to imagine those interconnections that are more effective than rational descriptions.
– Jon Hawkes.