Humans and nature are intimately and interdependently intertwined. They interact reciprocally over time and affect each other in a relationship characterized by continuous change. A failure to recognize this, according to Grande (2000, p. 354), has resulted in humanity experiencing a crisis “rooted in the increasingly virulent relationship between human beings and the rest of nature.” This increasingly disharmonious relationship is contributing to the occurrence of extreme natural events, and to their impacts being more serious and enduring (Buergelt, Paton, Campbell, James & Cottrell, in press ; Paton, Buergelt, & Campbell, 2015). We suggest that to stem this tide humanity needs to urgently (re)establish harmonious relationships with nature. This chapter introduces this topic by first drawing attention to the fact that it is untenable to think about resilience as including bouncing back from shocks to ‘normal’ life.
|Title of host publication||Disaster resilience|
|Subtitle of host publication||An integrated approach|
|Editors||Douglas Paton, David Moore Johnston|
|Place of Publication||Springfield, USA|
|Publisher||Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
Buergelt, P., Paton, D., Sithole, B., Sangha, K. K., Prasadarao, P. S. D. V., Campion, O. B., & Campion, J. (2017). Living in harmony with our environment: A paradigm shift. In D. Paton, & D. M. Johnston (Eds.), Disaster resilience: An integrated approach (2 ed., pp. 289-307). Springfield, USA: Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd.