Join Pittsburgh’s new network of creative minds working together to strengthen the bond between people and the natural world.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network. Read on to learn about our next event!
Virtual Biophilia: Restoring Forests and The Human Spirit
Join us on Thurs., June 1, as we explore the ideals of reforestation. Jeffrey Karwoski travels from the tops of trees to exotic destinations, developing his skills as an arborist and a deep connection to the world of trees. He encourages everyone to explore their own personal connections by regenerating forests, an act he believes restores a part of us all. As founder of Reforest Our Future, Jeffrey believes that our ability to regenerate Earth’s protective canopy of trees will determine the fate of mankind. Restoring Forests and the Human Spirit explores ways we can improve our connection to trees, creating deeper, more meaningful relationships with the plants we depend on for our existence.
Register in advance for the meeting here. The Zoom meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m. (EST), 3 p.m. (PST). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Meet the Speaker(s):
Founder and Executive Director of Reforest Our Future Jeffrey Karwoski lives for trees, or as he puts it, is “kept by their grace.” Using what’s he’s learned in decades of working with trees and the people who live among them, he has set out to develop an organization that helps bring us all closer to the forests we greatly depend on.
Meetings are free to attend; however, advance registration is required. To R.S.V.P., please use this link.
Designed as a series of posts on the Phipps blog and a hashtag for use on Twitter and Instagram, #bioPGH is a new social call-to-action for people throughout the region to more closely examine the beauty and importance of the nature around them.
Inspired by the Biophilic Cities initiative, the Biophilia: Pittsburgh Directory seeks to present an overview of the biophilic organizations, events, activities and projects in Pittsburgh, to aid the public in enhancing their connections to nature and discovering collaborative opportunities.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plates and light refreshments, an expert guest speaker discusses ways of connecting people to nature and showing how these connections can improve our lives in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities.
• To welcome and inspire others with the concept and principles of biophilia
• To foster collaboration and learning between professionals from a wide variety of disciplines
• To communicate biophilic principles in action-oriented ways to a wider audience for exponential and regional impact
What Is Biophilia?
The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, who defined it as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”
The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.
Photo © Paul g. Wiegman, Phipps staff