World Environment Day

Connecting People to Nature

The Tasmanian Wilderness

Joshua Pitt, Senior Commissioning Editor at Palgrave, shares the place which connects him to nature.

Whilst reading Theodore Roosevelt’s biography a few years ago, I realised I was suffering from ‘nature deprivation’. Roosevelt’s pronouncement that, “it is an incalculable added pleasure to any one's sum of happiness if he or she grows to know, even slightly and imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the wonder-book of nature” particularly resolved me to take action. I’ve since made every attempt to regularly connect with my natural surroundings – to recover a primal authenticity of thought, feeling, and movement.

To me, the best place to achieve this is in the great Tasmanian wilderness.

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This picture was taken on Frenchman’s Cap, which rises above Tasmania’s remote Franklin River, on an expedition I recently made with a group of like-minded friends. Standing atop this wondrous peak, the baggage and stresses of our everyday lives instantly evaporated. Feelings of selflessness, simplicity and creativity emerged. This collective freeing up of our minds allowed happiness, tranquillity, and focus to flow in. Our bodies, minds and spirits were brought back into harmonious proportion, and a singularity of purpose was realised. This is the power of nature. This is the power of place. This is the power of the Tasmanian wilderness.

Josh Pitt is our Senior Commissioning Editor based in the Melbourne office. Josh publishes scholarly work across several disciplines, many of which intersect in interesting and novel ways. He welcomes proposals for monographs, edited collections, reference works, textbooks and Palgrave Pivots across the breadth of human geography and urban studies, medical sociology and anthropology, and science and technology studies. Josh can be reached at​​​​​​​