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Green academia, also known by various other names[Note 1], is a splinter Academia aesthetic specializing in biology and earth sciences, especially botany, ecology, geobiology, mycology, and zoology. Green academia is similar to Goblincore in its appreciation of nature, collecting of trinkets, and, in some respects, fashion, however green academia has more of a focus on knowledge and science.

Although social sciences are emphasized less in green academia than in other academic aesthetics, philosophy, natural history, and environmental sociology are featured in various forms throughout green academia media. Arts including poetry, sculpture, and drawing are popular in green academia text posts and images.

Like in other academia aesthetics, the pursuit of knowledge and appreciation of scientific study are valued highly in green academia.

Visuals[]

  • Nature journals
  • Plant pressings
  • Bottles and jars
  • Lanterns
  • Books
  • Fungi
  • Ink and quill
  • Satchels
  • Feathers
  • Trees
  • Plants
  • Bones

Fashion[]

  • Long, loose-fitting, oversized clothes
  • Sweaters
  • Flowy dresses
  • Large, layered clothing with big pockets
  • Button-up Oxford shirts (especially in neutral colors)
  • Waistcoats
  • Long (knee-length or ankle) dresses and skirts
  • Dark pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Oxford shoes
  • Brogue shoes
  • Sweater vests
  • Blouses
  • Nature and floral-themed motifs
  • Lace
  • Corduroy jackets
  • Peacoats
  • Aviator jackets
  • Jackets with (fake) wool or fur collars
  • Overalls
  • Cardigans
  • Blazers
  • Doc marten shoes
  • Silver or gold jewelry
  • Cuff earrings
  • Knee-high socks
  • Satchels
  • Glasses
  • Broaches
  • Undone or loosely-done ties
  • Messy hair, sometimes done up in braids, buns, or ponytails

Media[]

Media for the Green Academia aesthetic falls into two categories: nonfiction or documentary-style stories that deal with earth sciences, and fictional stories that use the aesthetics and themes associated with the aesthetic. These usually have a more light-hearted feel, but some stories take elements of the Dark Academia, creating a โ€œDark Green Academiaโ€ subgenre.

Documentaries:

  • Planet Earth (2006)
  • The Botany of Desire (2009)
  • Planet Earth 2 (2016)
  • Jane (2017)
  • All That Breathes (2022)
  • Fire of Love (2022)
  • The Fire Within: Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft (2022)

Movies:

  • Little Eve Edgarton (1916)
  • Letter Never Sent (1960)
  • Never Cry Wolf (1983)
  • Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
  • Les Palmes de M. Schutz (1997)
  • A Midsummer Nightโ€™s Dream (1999)
  • Les Filles du Botaniste (2006)
  • Avatar (2009)
  • Creation (2009)
  • Flora (2017)
  • Radioactive (2019)
  • Ammonite (2020)
  • The Green Knight (2021)
  • Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

Literature:

  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Plain Bad Heroines by Emily Danforth
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Music[]

Songs[]

Albums[]

  • Biophilia - Bjรถrk

Artists[]

  • Frankie Cosmos
  • Hozier
  • The Blasting Company
  • Lord Huron
  • Florence + The Machine
  • AURORA
  • Cosmo Sheldrake

Activities[]

In green academia, spending outside is as valued as studying and reading. Green academics frequently collect rocks and gemstones, skulls, and books. Both indoor and outdoor plants are popular as decoration and subjects of study. Plants are good companions but also a range of animals such as dogs, cats, and small critters. Activities that fit this aesthetic include:

  • Hiking
  • Going on walks
  • Collecting flowers, rocks, and bones
  • Drawing
  • Reading
  • Writing (letters or literature, poems, articles, letters, and whatever interests you)
  • Calligraphy
  • Studying (such biology, archaeology, anatomy, or other "green" subjects)
  • Exploring
  • Gardening
  • Organizing your collections of curiosities
  • Purchasing books
  • Generally doing things in an old-fashioned manner
  • Journaling
  • Photography
  • Flattening flowers/butterfly wings between books

Locations[]

  • Libraries
  • Greenhouses
  • Ruins
  • Archaeological sites
  • Dense forests
  • Quaint neighborhoods with woods
  • Old buildings covered in vines
  • Natural museums
  • Botanical gardens

Resources[]

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

Playlists[]

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Notes[]

  1. โ†‘ Green academia is also known as botanic academia, botanical academia, earth academia, earthy academia, nature academia, and natural academia.

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