September 8, 2021
THE RETURN OF NATURE
Whilst there are no silver linings when it comes to Covid-19, reports of wild animals making their way into urban spaces - and so quickly, has brought joy to many urbanities. The Coronavirus outbreak has also reminded us all just how much we crave nature and being outside in our natural habitat.
Photo by Joe Huang
URBANITES REJOICE AS NATURE RETURNS TO OUR URBAN AREAS
Across the world, governments have implemented unprecedented measures to deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic, locking down urban environments in a way never seen before in human history. As humans stay at home, there have been reports around the world of wild animals venturing into towns and cities to explore spaces that under normal circumstances they would not dare to go.
Kashmiri goats have journeyed from the Great Orme and taken up residency in Llandudno in Northern Wales. They spend their time feeding on the hedges and resting in grassy areas in the town, including people’s gardens.
Further afield, Gangs of wild turkeys have appeared on the streets of Oakland in California, and a puma was also seen in the centre of the Chilean capital Santiago. “This is the habitat they once had and that we’ve taken away from them,” said Marcelo Giagnoni, the head of Chile’s agricultural and livestock service that helped police capture the curious big cat.
Back in London, deer have taken over deserted East London streets and, like many others, we’ve been noticing and enjoying the birdsong in a way not previously possible, because the noise pollution has dropped so considerably. Indeed, areas of the city here are being reclaimed by wildlife as Londoners self isolate.
Photo by Matteo Galeazzi
THE JOY OF BEING OUTSIDE & IN NATURE
Like many western nations, we live in a country where the vast majority of people live in urban areas and spend most of their day inside. However, now the privilege of being allowed to venture outside has been taken away, we have been left craving a desire go out and spend time in nature or put another way, our natural habitat.
As Romain Julliard, head of research at the French Natural History Museum recently said, “The most important phenomenon perhaps is our relationship with nature is changing – with people locked up in their homes realizing how much they miss nature.”
If we can take any musings from the devastating effects of Coronavirus, perhaps it is a reminder of just how much we need nature and how important it is, that it’s part of our daily lives. After all, we have a deep primeval connection with nature, and as we are continuously learning, spending time in nature is critical to our health, happiness and future. Despite most of us now living in urban jungles, we must remember that we are originally from the jungle. Indeed, we are part of nature.
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A FINAL THOUGHT…
When the pandemic is over and life reverts to what we previously considered ‘normal’, we hope that everybody can learn from the time they have spent indoors, particularly in terms of the impact on the environment, the return of nature to our urban spaces, but also simply what we have missed and what we have realised is most important to us.
For us, it will serve to renew our respect and love of the natural world and how much we value getting outdoors and jumping into nature.
For now, those of you who live in towns and cities, simply open your window and listen to the birds sing.
ESTABLISHED IN LONDON. ROOTED IN NATURE.
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