Peace in nature
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Do you want to live a less-stressful and environmentally friendly life-style?
If you enjoy learning about medical and environmental history and care about the natural environment, why not see what we can learn from the Ancient Greeks and Romans to improve environmental sustainability today? The courses on this site offer you a fun and unique way to think about and take action on making the planet a healthy space for you and future generations. Please sign up to the site for updates and announcements.
Hello! I am Dr. Patty Baker and I am passionate about environmental sustainability and Roman History and Archaeology.
For as long as I can remember, I loved being in nature, on the sea, in the mountains, and in gardens, where I am at my happiest and healthiest. Interestingly, my academic research into ancient Roman life and health shows that the Romans also felt this connection between the natural environment and their wellbeing. In fact, I would say that they had a closer connection to nature than we do.
Over the past couple of years, I began to see creative ways for my research and teaching to help with the environmental crises we face today. At the same time, I realized that I was limiting myself by only teaching and discussing my ideas in closed academic circles. When my university became threatened financially, I realized this scary situation presented a wonderful opportunity. I decided that I wanted to bring people together who have a broad range of interests, experiences, and backgrounds, but share a passion for environmental sustainability and ancient studies. Hence, Pax in Natura was born. It means Peace in Nature in Latin and brings together my love for the ancient world and the natural environment.
Therefore, I created this online teaching forum and public engagement activities that adhere to the following missions:
to explore what we can learn from the past to help make the world environmentally sustainable, beautiful, and salubrious for ourselves and future generations;
to bring the history and archaeology of ancient health, gardens, and the environment to a global audience of any age and background;
to open discussion on new ways to approach environmental sustainability problems today;
and to bring together people from around the world to share ideas, discuss concerns, and find novel solutions that can change attitudes and practices to resolve today's environmental crises