The word biophilia, originally coined by psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm, describes the psychological orientation of humans to be attracted to all that is alive and vital.
It came into wider use thanks to biologist, naturalist and author Edward O. Wilson, who suggested that biophilia describes “the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.”
From the Institute’s perspective, biophilic lives are those lived in harmony with nature and community in order to achieve well-being, sustainability and prosperity. This principle applies to individuals, the places we live, and the world around us.
The Institute’s vision, therefore, is a world in which individuals take local and global actions that nurture the living, social and economic systems that will sustain future generations.
Our underlying philosophy is the simple truth, embodied in the words of environmentalist and professor David Orr, who said “It makes far better sense to reshape ourselves to fit a finite planet than to attempt to reshape the planet to fit our infinite wants.”
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