An oasis during quarantine life could be found in parks and urban greenery, a little bit of green to forget the darkness. In a postcorona world, nature should stay an essential part of our lives, rather than being reduced to a fatamorgana, an imaginary creature of our thirsty minds.
Here are ten reasons why nature makes us more resilient; why nature needs us and we need nature.
- Buffer to buzzling life
It’s just natural, but we might have forgotten it in our busy lives. No matter what storm comes up, nature always provides this place to reconnect with yourself, with the earth, with life. No matter how small they are, from New York’s iconic Hyde Park to the green square around your corner, Urban greenery serves as a buffer against the buzzling city life, a city trip within the city, a gateway, an escape to recharge your batteries.
- Common Connection
In nature, you don’t only connect with yourself and nature, but with others as well. Nature seems to lift up this kind of social boundaries and anonymity of cities. Whereas you would pass each other unnoticed in the traffic congested streets, in park lanes you nod or greet each other.
- Fair Fantasy
Nature invites not only to socialise with strangers, but as well with your loved ones. It invites not only to calm down and reconnect, but to play and activate your fantasy. Children running over the grass, behind nothing more than butterflies or imaginary creatures. Adults playing football or frisbeeing, holding picknicks, barbeques and conversations that take the mind back and forward between fantasy and reality.
- Active Adrenaline
Not only the mind and the fantasy are activated in nature, but so is the body. From walking to running, from hiking to rock climbing, from cycling to stepping. The park lanes are yours, not of motorised vehicles. Nature invites the body to move within its own boundaries, while feeding the longs with better quality air, and allowing feet to bounce softly on the softened soil.
- Natural Need
While being in nature, running and playing around, or just sitting and breathing, we reconnect with that what always has been in our nature. We live of water, air and food created in and by nature, we know naturally how to deal with it, unfortunately our artificial societies and tools have distanced us from it. But being there, just enjoying greenery, we might feel how it fills us with aesthetic pleasure, with a true feeling of belonging, and respect and gratitude for what is the real basic of our existence. Where it all started, and it all ends.
- Circular City Life
Nature attracts nature. The more we allow nature to grow, the more it will grow. The more flowers and plants we allow to live in our cities, the more life will live there. It is a natural circle, which we too often have made broken, but which we can fix by allowing nature to come back in our cities, back in our lives. Plants need birds and bees to grow, to spread their seeds and be fertilized to carry fruits. The more plants and flowers we allow to be around us, the more birds and bees will find their way, and spread life. We need them for our survival, and they need us for their survival.
- Rewarding Resilience
What we naturally know, has been lately confirmed by a wide array of scientific studies: being in contact with nature increases your psychological resiliency and mental health. A Danish study found if children had more access to green spaces, they developed less psychological problems in adolescence and adulthood. All the before-mentioned advantages of greenery have a huge impact on our psychological well-being. Nature makes us more resilient, and therefore, we have to make nature more resilient as well. By giving it back the space it needs and it deserves, not only in our cities, but as well in our lives and in our hearts.
- Purifying Anti-Pollutant
Another way how nature blows life in our lives, is by the tremendous impact it has on air quality. Especially in cities where pollution by traffic happens at breathing level, blowing harmful particulars right into our longs, we need urban greenery to physically buffer against these monstrous engines, as well as to purify the overall air around our cities. If only we would build lanes of trees on every lane or street, if only we would build more square metres of greenery for every square metre of concrete, we could tip the balance again, and make air breathable, the city liveable.
- Carbon Sink
Moreover, nature serves as huge carbon storage units. They don’t only purify the air, creating oxygen we can breathe, but they store harmful carbon dioxide in their core. Carbon dioxide is one of the green house gases released when burning fossil fuels, that released the beast of climate change. The warmer the planet becomes, the more unliveable for life as we know it; which includes not only plants and animals, but human life as well.
- Cooling the City
This warming of the earth is even more tangible in cities. Our concrete jungles absorb more heath than a natural jungle does. As a result, cities are on average a few degrees hotter than natural surrounding areas. A few degrees means a lot in terms of climate change and overall life quality. This urban heath island effect however, can be reversed by allowing nature back in our cities. From green roofs and walls, over parks and lanes of trees; urban greenery has to find its way back to the city, to cool it down.
In a nutshell, during Covid-19 we found our way back to the local parks, the urban greenery and nature around us. We rediscovered its benefits, its gifts, and our needs. Moreover, it helped us to come through this crisis, and all the before-mentioned advantages show how nature, being forests or urban greenery, will help us to overcome any crisis in the future, from a personal one to a global one as climate change or a pandemic. We need nature, and nature needs us.
Allow nature to be the oasis it can be, and not merely a fatamorgana of our thirsty souls.
This article is part of the series of Hope in Times of Corona. Read
- How this too shall pass
- how this times of self-isolation should not mean loneliness,
- how you can contribute to this battle,
- how gratitude lights up the dark,
- how united we will stand strong
- on the most util strategy in awake of a crisis
- how I got blown of my feet as well, but caught by many caring hands,
- how being calm can get us through the storm.
- about Love in Times of Corona
- how to discover your own talents
- why we need stories to hold on to
- how you can be creative and innovative.
- how to spend your mot valuable assets in times of Corona.
- how to listen to the sound of silence.
- How breath taking Corona really is.
- discover the other freedoms Corona has shown us,
- about the new-born freedom Corona gave us.
- about another way to exceed your personal bubble.
- about the position of nature in this entire story
- about nature bouncing back
- about the crucial choice between resilience and resistance
- about the game to play
- about star gazing in dark times
- About looking for Meaning
- About how Music Connects
- about what Easter and Corona have in Common
- About the Shark and the Turtle
- About the Irony of Distance
- Why to Hold on
- Fake News
- about The Big Unknown we live at
- about Feeling Alive
- About turning obstacles into opportunities
- about what the Birthday of my nephew learned me about life
- About where we should go from here?
- About coping with incertitude
- About the Great War and the Great Pandemic, and we should not forget
- about history’s most important message, echoed by corona
- How one country could rule them all
- About how to prevent the next Green Pandemic
- about how we are experiencing a new episode of our history books
- about when the poppy flowers
- about what’s in a number
- masks off, how a friend in need is a friend indeed
- What’s Next. after we flattened the curve?
- how will our personal story look like in a post-corona world?
- why we should never let a good crisis go too waste.
- How Spring can happen in Autumn
- How to unlock the lockdown
- Why education matters
- How we can give meaning to the meaningless deaths. (rethink health care)
- The remarkable marketability of health, or not?
- the remarkable rewards of health
- The queeste for global health care
- Health Heroes
- Pains and Gains
- Solidarity 3.0
- Work-Life Balance
- Home sweet home
- Real Connections
- Leadership 3.0
- gratitude 3.0
- Respect 3.0
- Humanity 3.0
- Change Management
- Economic Catharsis
- To consume or not to consume?
- Travel the world, travel your heart
- Barrels of Life
- People, no Number Management
- Back to the Office?
- Those jobs …
- Economic Growth or Green Growth
- Global trade, global fate
- Act local, think global
- A changed climate for Climate Change
- Love is in the Air
Or wait until tomorrow, when I’ll shine another light on yet another positive corner of this dark time.