Nature Based Solutions: A vaccine and a salve in a neoliberal and COVID-19 impacted society: democratising the outdoors to be a vaccine and a salve for a neoliberal and COVID-19 impacted society

Tracey J Dickson, Tonia Gray

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Abstract

Extant research reveals time in nature is causally associated with children’s health and well-being, including a child’s intra and interpersonal skills, socioemotional growth, physiological function, and cognitive develop- ment. In today’s neoliberal and COVID-19 era, nature-based solutions, alongside a broader outdoor and experiential learning ‘suite’ may be well placed as both a vaccine and a salve for our current societal chal- lenges. However, contemporary school education is underpinned by an audit or performative culture evidenced by standardised national testing that may diminish access to outdoor or nature-immersive experiences. Looking forward, the authors contend that contemporary education, and more broadly society, requires nature-rich experiences for a flourishing sustainable future. Drawing upon Foucault, this paper highlights the need to critique education and society’s dominant ideologies and practices. These counter-narratives advocate for emancipatory change in contem- porary education—especially infusing different voices such as Indigenous knowledges—offered in and through a democratised access to the outdoors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-297
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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