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The Connectedness to Nature Scale measures people’s feeling of being connected to the natural world, including sense of oneness with nature, kinship with plants and animals, and equality between the self and nature.
(Resource: Mayer, F.S. & McPherson Frantz, C. (2004). The connectedness to nature scale: A measure of individuals’ feeling in community with nature. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 24, 503-515.)
Please answer each of these questions in terms of the way you generally feel using the following scale. There are no right or wrong answers. Simply state as honestly and candidly as you can what you are presently experiencing.
1 strongly disagree; 2 disagree; 3 neutral; 4 agree; 5 strongly agree
1). I often feel a sense of oneness with the natural world around me.
2). I think of the natural world as a community to which I belong.
3). I recognize and appreciate the intelligence of other living organisms.
4). I often feel disconnected from nature.
5). When I think of my life, I imagine myself to be part of a larger cyclical process of living.
6). I often feel a kinship with animals and plants.
7). I feel as though I belong to the Earth as equally as it belongs to me.
8). I have a deep understanding of how my actions affect the natural world.
9). I often feel part of the web of life.
10). I feel that all inhabitants of Earth, human, and nonhuman, share a common ‘life force’.
11). Like a tree can be part of a forest, I feel embedded within the broader natural world.
12). When I think of my place on Earth, I consider myself to be a top member of a hierarchy that exists in nature.
13). I often feel like I am only a small part of the natural world around me, and that I am no more important than the grass on the ground or the birds in the trees.
14). My personal welfare is independent of the welfare of the natural world.
The total score is obtained by reversing the scores on the three negative items, i.e., 1=5, 2=4, 3=3, 4=2, 5=1, and then taking the average of all fourteen items. Items 4, 12, and 14 are the negatively stated items.
Scores on the scale can vary from 1 to 5 points. The higher your total score, the more connected to nature you feel.
Research suggests that individuals feeling more connected to nature also report better health and greater satisfaction with life.
Chen, C. (2018). CleverLand: How Nature Nurtures. London: Brain & Life Publishing