Nadine Andrews discusses her research on how people view nature: as a container or place, as an object, as a person or as self. She concludes:-
“Nature is self
Seeing NATURE IS SELF “I am nature” seems to express the fundamental inseparable integral reality of our relationship better than NATURE IS A PLACE, and avoids the exploitative pitfalls of NATURE IS A PERSON. It works so long as we have a healthy relationship with ourselves (‘love thy neighbour as thyself’).
This does not mean losing our distinctiveness and merging into a homogenous mush.”