Biophilia: Pittsburgh, February 6 – “Re-cognizing Life: Using Sidewalk Photography to Heighten Sensitivity to Everyday Nature”

by Melissa Harding

 Molly Steinwald child nature sewer moth

Biophilia: Pittsburgh

Thursday, February 6, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.
Free to attend – RSVP required.

The February 6th Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting will feature guest speaker Molly Steinwald, Director of Science Education and Research at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and past Environment Committee chair of the North American Nature Photography Association. Her presentation will be:

Re-cognizing Life: Using Sidewalk Photography to Heighten Sensitivity to Everyday Nature.

Hiking, camping, and even trips to the local city park can increase people’s connection with nature but are difficult to fit in to busy lives with regularity. Molly will present strategies for using artistic photography to increase people’s daily connection with nature through heightening their awareness of mundane ‘sidewalk’ nature – small-scale nature encountered while fulfilling their everyday obligations in the built environment.

About Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a Biophilia Network dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action. The group meets monthly at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes classroom at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plate food and a happy-hour cash bar, a discipline or behavior will be identified — often by an expert guest speaker — and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities. Join the conversation!

RSVP by sending an email or signing up at the group’s Meetup page.

What is Biophilia?
The term “biophilia,” stemming from the Greek roots meaning “love of life,” was coined by the social psychologist Erich Fromm. It came into use in the 1980s when Harvard University biologist E.O. Wilson defined biophilia as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”

In the last twenty years, studies examining human attraction to nature have yielded convincing evidence that links interactions with nature with positive gains in productivity, increased healing rates, and even enhanced learning comprehension in a wide range of sectors.

Biophilia Pittsburgh

The top image is copyrighted by Molly Steinwald.

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