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UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences Professor Peter Kahn is featured in a new documentary about humankind and its connection to nature.

The short documentary, “Forgetting Nature,” was created by British-based filmmaker Ross Harrison and is now free to stream, according to a UW News story.

“In some sense, we think we are the most advanced culture — we take such pride in technology and advancement,” says Peter Kahn, University of Washington professor in the Department of Psychology and the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. “But in some other ways, we are more distant from the natural world than any culture has been. Potentially also more distant from the human spirit.”

The UW News story goes on:

“The film, production notes say, is “an urgent call to examine the effects of technology on our experiences, and the way wild nature is being squeezed out of our lives.

“Harrison creates documentaries, campaign films and events coverage; he has traveled to Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Tasmania working on projects about rainforest conservation, education inequity, tribal rights and more.

“He visited Seattle and interviewed Kahn extensively for a planned feature-length documentary project, but then the COVID virus hit, delaying the project. Now Harrison has completed and is releasing a five-minute version of the film.”

Read the full story here.