It seems counter-intuitive to think that work centred around climate change, biodiversity loss and sustainability could perpetuate a separation between people and nature. However, when framed in the context of the prevailing mindset that nature "provides" for us, it makes sense. As the Oxford researchers illustrate, "positioning the action of tree planting as simply a way to mitigate climate change, rather than a dynamic relationship between people and nature, is over simplistic." The research also highlights that "many communities and cultures have understood the interconnected relationship between people and nature for centuries." It is therefore critical to recognise the importance of amplifying and fully integrating non-Western bodies of knowledge as they apply to the inter-connectivity between us and nature.
there must be a move away from the narrow framing of what nature can ‘do’ for society to an integrated approach, where solutions are understood as place-based, activated by people in partnership with nature.