Nature’s services and contributions: the relational value of childhood nature experience and the importance of reciprocity

Thomas H. Beery, Kristi S. Lekies

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Abstract

People depend on functioning ecosystems to meet human needs and support well-being across the life span. This article considers the interest in ecosystem service valuation, the growing interest in the benefits of nature experience for children, and ways to bridge these perspectives. We focus on embodied childhood nature experiences: the physical and multisensory experiences that intertwine child and nature. Additionally, we highlight the reciprocal quality of nature and child experience relationship as an example of how this relationship goes beyond the instrumental and demonstrates relational value. Underlying this perspective is the belief that children need to be better represented in the perception and action of ecosystem valuation in environmental policy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number636944
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Environmental Sciences (10502)

Keywords

  • childhood nature experience
  • children
  • ecosystem services
  • embodiment
  • nature’s contribution to people
  • reciprocity
  • relational values

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