What we can learn from nature is to know that living in the moment, not being ambitious for the dreams of others, and living within our means, are all keys to a happy life. The environmental writer Paul Kingsnorth is often noting how modern society does not learn from nature: this has led to climate change, COVID-19 (eating pangolins or bats or whatever caused it), divisive politics (people who voted to leave the EU often did so, because they wanted local nature to trump global corporate interests) and yet we never learn. He has even written in the past that we will probably go extinct – and deserve it.
Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers – for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are. Osho
- The Consolation of Nature is a book that was written on how nature took on new importance, when going for a walk in nature was the only ‘outside time’ for several months in 2020. Nature provides solace in a time of great anxiety – not least because the crisis struck at the beginning of spring – the season of light, growth, rebirth and renewal. Three writers (close friends but living in contrasting areas) record their experiences, to share a sense of wonder, inspiration and delight that the natural world can offer.
- The Eight Master Lessons of Nature has been hailed a ‘classic’ by the co-founder of Eden Project. In a world that now sees us set apart from nature (somehow superior, removed and independent), Gary Ferguson reveals nature’s wisdom, by keenly observing and admiring wildlife, and their surroundings. And how from ashes of destruction, life can survive.
- The Wild Silence is the follow-up to the book The Salt Path (about one couple walked the South West Coast Path, after one being given a terminal diagnosis, following them both being made homeless). This carries on from their 630 mile walk, as they return.
The Secret Network of Nature (also in large print edition) explores the invisible connections that sustain the entire natural world. Did you know that trees can influence the earth’s rotation, or that wolves can alter the course of a river? Drawing on science and experience as a forester in Germany, Peter Wohlleben shows how animals, plants, rivers, rocks and weather systems co-operate.
Nature Anatomy is a beautiful book about the natural world. Ecological writer Satish Kumar once wrote that unless you know Nature, you can’t love her. So this book can inspire anyone to look after nature, once they learn about Her. From the anatomy of a jellyfish to the inside of a volcano, from monarch butterfly migration to how sunsets work, these whimsical illustrators paired with education means there is no more fun way to learn.