Dr. Bob Henderson is an Outdoor Educator, Travel Guide, Speaker and Author of many great books on both Canadian Outdoor Recreation and Norwegian Friluftsliv. As well, Bob was a professor of Outdoor Education for 29 years at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. In this episode, Bob joins us from the Oak Ridges Moraine in Ontario for a conversation on trends observed in outdoor activities, land use, education and more in the COVID era (thus far) as they relate to Ecological Consciousness. We also reflect on how these trends may influence the years to come. This is an exercise in reflection and renegotiation of our actions, education and methods of communication in this overarching era of the Anthropocene. What do you think of our observations? Agree? disagree? Did we leave something out? Is there something you'd like to ad? Contact the show to let us know :) Check out the times stamps below & contact the show if you have a topic you'd like to discuss. 

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Time Stamps

00:01:17 What is Ecological Consciousness?

00:03:00 Is Ecological Consciousness something we’re becoming conscious of OR something within our consciousness?

00:06:04 Ecological Consciousness as “The Matrix” and the Two pillars of Ecological Consciousness

00:08:37 Connections between COVID and Ecological Consciousness

00:09:30 The Rise in the Kidnapping Domestic Pets and “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

00:13:30 Seeking comfort, Hygge & Koselig-ness as the world becomes increasingly harsher

00:15:00 Rise of Norwegian Friluftsliv in North American Popular Culture and critique from Indigenous populations

00:19:00 More Friluftsliv = More Accessibility to the Outdoors

00:22:15 Forest are filling up! Outdoor equipment is SOLD OUT

00:24:30 How has increased activity in the forest altered the outdoor culture , the parks, trails and transportation infrastructure of these areas?

00:31:00 International VS Local “Tourism” in the time of COVID

00:35:00 Consciousness of Increased Screen Time

00:37:15 Changes in how people are thinking about travel

00:41:25 Increased Demand for Alternative Schools

00:45:40 Climate Change awareness and media narrative in the age of COVID

00:47:50 Fusion of Social, Cultural and Ecological Sustainability

00:52:55 Ecologizing Education, Politics and Society at large

00:55:41 Environmental Communication & Literacy

00:58:45 Environmental Education for Adults

01:00:17 Lack of will to accept Climate Change

01:02:20 Renegotiating our Inert Ideas & the Adventure of change

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