It is becoming abundantly clear that the human/nature relationship is critical for the well-being of all living things on earth. Access to, and care of parks, conservation lands, gardens and greenways and wilderness areas is critical for living things to thrive. Humans experience multiple connections with nature which are needed for both personal and population health and well-being. These and other ideas will be presented and discussed in the context of personal and collective choices for meeting the climate crisis.
This webinar is part of the year-long Exploring Connections to and Stewardship of the Natural World talks. This series is supported by a grant through the NH Humanities Council and aims to provide a public and personal space for the examination of environmental ethics, fostering a deeper understanding of, appreciation for, and care of, our natural world. Programs are free to the public, and streamed via Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook Live.
For more information and to see the entire slate of talks, visit our series webpage.
Dr. Barbara J. McCahan is a Professor at Plymouth State University and serves as the program coordinator for the Public Health degree program. She received a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the UC San Diego and Santa Barbara followed by Post-doctoral training Immunopathology at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and a research/teaching position at the University of Hawaii. She made a life pivot in 1983 and joined the health fitness industry as a certified Health Fitness Instructor. She also received advanced training as a Physical Activity in Public Health practitioner. She has taught a wide variety of courses across 30+ years at PSU in nutrition, physical activity and health, exercise science and public health, and serves on several local agency boards and a member of the Pemi Climate Crisis Coalition. She is a Permaculture practitioner, avid walker, open-water swimmer and forest bather!