Finding Ourselves in Nature: The Human Connection to the Natural World
A Conversation with Dr. Susan Clayton, Professor of Psychology at the College of Wooster
Hollywood Theater, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland
October 30, 2013
Doors open 6:30 p.m., Program at 7:00 p.m.
Join Dr. Susan Clayton, a professor of psychology at the College of Wooster, to explore the human psychological relationship to nature and how people and human behavior might be affected by environmental changes due to population growth and climate change.
Dr. Clayon has given many talks and written several books and articles regarding this topic. Among the ideas that she explores is the concept of an environmental identity, meaning the sense of self that is connected to, or interdependent with, the natural environment. What social function does an environmental identity have and what role does it play in one’s relationship with other people, cultures, political ideology, and feelings and attitudes towards a variety of environmental issues.
As the world continues to grow in population, it is inevitable that there will be changes in the relationship between humans and the environment. Recognizing the role natural spaces has in our lives and our psychological well-being could play a role in how may be able to move forward in developing a future that will look to protect environments and develop healthier, happier communities.
About Dr. Susan Clayton
Clayton is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.