What is Biophilia and Does Your Staff Have It?

Most of us love getting out and being at one with nature (at least every now and again), but have you ever felt that you possess a tendency to seek a true connection with nature and other forms of life?

German-born American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm referenced the term biophilia in ‘The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness’ (1973).Biophilia was described as “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive.”

American biologist Edward O. Wilson again referenced it in ‘Biophilia’ in 1984. He suggested that the tendency of humans to focus on and to affiliate with nature and other life forms has, in part, a genetic basis.

Mr Wilson, who worked extensively at the famed Harvard University, described biophilia as:

“Biophilia can be considered as the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms. Innate means hereditary; and hence part of ultimate human nature” (The Biophilia Hypothesis, 1993).

Mr Wilson won the 2007 TED Prize and used his acceptance speech to make a plea on behalf of all creatures that we “learn more about our biosphere”.

“If we were to wipe out insects alone, just that group alone, on this planet – which we are trying hard to do – the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. And within a few months,” Mr Wilson said at his TED Talk.

Mr Wilson is making the point that we all must do our part to not only be at one with nature, but to support it and see it flourish.

It is easy for us to do our bit.

If you’re a business owner, have a look around at your office environment. See that empty space. Have you ever considered hiring indoor office plants?

They will not only give your office a fantastic new look and fresh feel, but you’ll be contributing to the connection between human beings and other living systems.

Have a look around at home. What are you co-existing with? Most of us love our gardens and open spaces. We have a bond with nature, so why not let nature come to you? Consider vertical gardens or hiring plants for the spaces around your office that feel empty and without life, to make staff feel at home and ‘biophilic’.

You can create your own little biophilia city, and contribute to the greater good of the environment, nature and other living things, just by making a few subtle changes around your workplace.

To find out more about your options when it comes to hiring office plants, get in touch with the indoor plant hire experts at Green Design!