The Questions

The Interconnected Environment and the Disconnected Self: An Exploration of Human Disconnection from Nature and its Influence on the Parallel Degradations of the Natural Environment and Human Health.

Is human health connected to the health of the planet?

Does a degraded environment necessarily reflect a degraded society?

Does our treatment of the environment reflect our treatment of each other?

Can data be used to explore and express these questions?

Can data journalism bring to light the essential need for deep connections between humans and nature?

Follow the explorations here on the blog.

Bernadette Smart

This website records, reflects upon, and forms part of an MA thesis in Digital Humanities. To read the MA thesis click here, or select ‘The Thesis’ from the top menu. To read the data journalism article, and to see which data visualisations made the final cut, click here, or select ‘The Interconnected Environment’ from the top menu. For other academic work please see

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