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How connected are we with nature? The answer will predict how good we are at conservation

November 22, 2018:

Our partners, Nature for All, together with the Children and Nature Network and the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication are launching a new report titled "Connecting with Nature to Care for Ourselves and the Earth" today, November 22.

It presents evidence that when people experience nature ourselves, in our own lives, then we are much more likely to appreciate and care for it.

#NatureForAll is founded on the knowledge that the more people experience and connect with nature, the more support and action there will be for nature conservation.

Experiences in nature, whether in cities or national parks, make us happier and healthier. A growing body of international research demonstrates that personal contact with nature has significant personal and societal health and well-being benefits. Our connections with nature also influence the way we behave.

The actual launch is at the @UNBiodiversity conference in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt and there there are full opportunities to join in live online. Link here for details.

Hashtags: #NatureForAll #Biodiversity2020

Twitter: @natureforall @ChildrenNature @IUCN_CEC @UNBiodiversity

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Our partnership with IUCN

ARC joined IUCN's #NatureForAll Campaign last year with the following pledge:

We pledge to raise awareness about #NatureForAll among our faith and secular partners, to feature information on the campaign on our website.

We also pledge to ask all the faith investment officers at our Zug Faith in Finance Zug event in October 2017 to explore the movement of their investments into initiatives that support not just sustainable development but especially the environment when determining their ethical investment strategy.

Read more about #NatureForAll here.

#NatureForAll Vision

Imagine a world in harmony and in love with nature…
In which all are aware of the values of a healthy planet.
In which all can experience the earth’s natural wonders.
In which all are connected to thriving ecosystems, contributing to them and benefiting from all they have to offer.
In which all have conservation in their hearts and minds.

#NatureForAll is a global movement to inspire a new generation of thinkers and doers across all sectors of society to connect with nature and take action to support its conservation.

At the core is a very simple idea: the more people experience, connect with, and share their love for nature, the more support there will be for its conservation.

While many of us already respect and appreciate nature, studies have shown that many others, whether through circumstance, lifestyle, or opportunity, face barriers to experiencing and connecting with the natural world. Yet, nature needs support and action from all of us. Change is needed.

We believe that personal experiences in nature, at any age but particularly when young, are the foundation for lifelong commitments to its conservation.

We believe that to reach new audiences, we need to invite people into nature through new, innovative and meaningful ways that nurture deep love and respect.

We believe in partnerships and creating new champions for conservation so that our efforts are part of a greater, coordinated whole.

We believe in embracing technology as a powerful tool for positive change; in being fun, creative, and social; in sharing our passion for nature; and in empowering future leaders.

We believe that nature is everywhere – in our cities and national parks – and that everyone is welcome to experience it.

We believe in #NatureForAll.

And we believe we need to act now.

Recognising that no single organisation can achieve this vision alone, we ask you — our IUCN family and beyond — to join this movement and spark the change:

To raise AWARENESS and motivate people from all walks of life to embrace nature and its values.

To facilitate opportunities for all to EXPERIENCE and CONNECT with nature.

To create transformational moments that become pathways to lifelong personal connections and commitments to CONSERVATION action.

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