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Egress! How technophilia can reinforce biophilia to improve ecological restoration

Citation

Buettel, JC and Brook, BW, Egress! How technophilia can reinforce biophilia to improve ecological restoration, Restoration Ecology, 24, (6) pp. 843-847. ISSN 1061-2971 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2016 Society for Ecological Restoration

DOI: doi:10.1111/rec.12387

Abstract

For effective and sustained ecological restoration, community support is essential. Yet, in modern society, artificial constructs and electronic technology now dominate most peoples' interests (technophilia). This has led to a perceived growing disconnection between humans and nature. We ask how such technology might be harnessed as an agent of connection to the environment, rather than being seen as a driver of detachment. We use the example of a hugely popular mobile augmented reality smartphone game "Ingress" to show how gaming technology can excite people about nature, unlock their inherent biophilia, and highlight the value of ecological restoration in their everyday lives.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:artificial, augmented reality, conservation, games, Ingress, nature, restoration, smartphone
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Environmental Education and Extension
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Conserving Natural Heritage
Author:Buettel, JC (Miss Jessie Buettel)
Author:Brook, BW (Professor Barry Brook)
ID Code:115702
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2017-04-05
Last Modified:2017-11-15
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