One is never alone when whith trees
The real companions are the trees, the blades of grass, the rays of sunshine, the clouds that run in the twilight or morning sky, the sea, the mountains. It is in all of this that life flows, real life, and one is never alone when one knows how to see and feel it.
I often walk in the forest. Sometimes alone, sometimes with friends. And it may sound strange to read, but sometimes I feel less lonely -when i wander alone in a forest - than when I am alone walking around town.
I used to think of it as due to the life that surrounds us in the forest. The animals seeking shelter when we come by, the birds, everything that lives in the forest, the animals that live there. The animals seeking shelter when we come in, the birds, everything that lives beneath our feet, and yet... Could it be the trees after all?
Mariners had painstakingly mapped the coastlines of the continents. Geographers had translated these findings into charts and globes. Photographs of ...
It's the idea that people living close to nature tend to be noble. It's seeing all those sunsets that does it. You can't watch a sunset and then go off and set fire to your neighbor's tepee. Living close to nature is wonderful for your mental health.
But we can easily extend this hypothesis [that nature has beneficial effects on the physical, cognitive and emotional well-being of individuals] to the conservation of biodiversity. [Ecologists] refer to the extinction of the experience of nature, which they have mainly applied in urban areas. The idea is as follows: from generation to generation, young people live less and less in contact with nature (because there are fewer of them and because their lifestyles limit such contact), at the very moment they are building their identity. The part of their identity that integrates their intimate relationships with their natural environment would therefore diminish from generation to generation. Not because of a lack of education, but mainly because of a decline in opportunities and desires to experience nature without constraint, freely and in their own personal way.
The consequences of this decrease appear in adulthood: with a weaker environmental identity, they are less in demand for nature in their daily lives, they integrate it less in their actions. (...) But if we do not collectively take biodiversity into consideration in our lifestyles, then we will suffer.
An inefficient virus kills its host. A clever virus stays with it.