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Our inability to see oneself as part of nature and a denial of one’s dependency on nature—is recognized as a key contributor to ongoing environmental destruction.

Zylstra et al. (2014)

A more holistic perspective on global warming

Indicators and metrics are important for evaluating the state of ecosystems. They help us understand trends and progress. They show us that fossil fuel-based economies lead to massive carbon emissions, which in turn are causing global warming. Global warming partly contributes to the mass scale ecosystem degradation caused by modern man. Many coral reefs, peatlands, forests, mountains, and arctic ecosystems are losing their resilience. Self-reinforcing feedback loops are kicking in and are accelerating these worrisome trends. 

While data paints a clear picture of the situation, pure awareness of these negative trends is not creating a change in attitudes and behavior. We know the causes of this mass scale ecocide that we are witnessing - but why aren't we doing anything about it? 

A study by Zylstra et al. (2014) titled 'Connectedness as a Core Conservation Concern' reveals the importance of fostering connections between people and nature for developing environmentally responsible behavior. But how to reconnect people with nature and forest landscapes?  

In this newsletter, we present a selection of topics that show and discuss how we can build the necessary connectedness with nature.

  • We discuss how to address global warming with a holistic approach instead of working on the symptoms.
  • We highlight little stories of projects where people connect with nature by doing outstanding forest restoration work.
  • We provide a book recommendation that systematically examines ways of how communication helps to overcome the disconnect with nature.
  • And lastly, we present three examples of projects that build connections with people from around the world.
We hope you enjoy reading!



Our disconnect from nature is key to understanding environmental destruction

Reducing a patient’s fever does not necessarily lead to recovery and does not address the actual disease that is causing the fever. A temporary relief, such as the reduction of global warming through climate engineering, is likely to draw attention away from the massive environmental destruction that is happening.

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Stories form

A physical connection with nature is needed to build a deeper mental connection with nature. Planting trees with your own hands: digging the planting howl, touching the soil, watering the roots, and coming back to care and see the trees growing; this is one of the fundamental processes we and our children need to rebuild our relationship with nature. The following little stories highlight such work.

Planting the first trees of the first project was very special and important for the Green Balam Forests Team. It was a great rainy day for planting.

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Sometimes pictures show more than a thousand words. Drone images of the reforestation activities of The Generation Forest in September 2020.

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Greenpop Directors, Lauren & Misha Teasdale, visited the Platbos Forest Reserve to check the progress of our 2020 planting site in which 6,000 new baby trees have been planted.

Visit reforestation site

The Food Forest restoration Program of CO2 Operate was featured on Dutch TV. As part of this, they explained how the entire reforestation process can be followed on

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The garden is my playground to experiment with ideas to restore nature. Today we planted a ‘seed bomb’ of various tree species, protected by a semicircle of very useful cactus.

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What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming

This book discusses advances in psychology related to climate action. The more scientific and scary the climate change related information provided by the media is, the more people start to deny the harmful effects of global warming. Since 1989 there is a decline in personal worry about global warming. The book discusses how communication strategies have to change to connect people with environmental topics and motivate them to take action.

Watch the TED intro video on this topic


Three examples of how to connect with your supporters

The demand for better and more meaningful digital communication is constantly increasing, especially now in COVID-19 times. Building strong and trusting connections remotely has become crucial, as organizations look into alternatives to real-world meetings with sponsors, investors, suppliers, and customers. The critical question is – how can one build and maintain relationships without physical project visits, meetings, and trade fairs?

Read about three examples of how is supporting our clients with remote communication and trust-building.

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