The benefits of immersing yourself in nature



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The benefits of immersing yourself in nature

A Guide to Nature Immersion: Psychological and Physiological Benefits, published on the International journal of environmental research and public health, is a curious and very interesting study, which can help understand and know what it really means to try to get in tune with nature.

In the abstract we can read: "Nature exposure has been renowned for its positive physiological and psychological benefits. Recent years have seen a rise in nature immersion programs that make use of Guided Forest Therapy walks in a standard sequence of sensory awareness activities to expose participants to natural environments in a safe but effective manner.

The study aimed to compare the efficacy of guided versus unguided nature immersion, upon three dependent variables of mood, nature connectedness and heartrate. 51 participants were assigned to either guided or unguided nature immersion.

Nature connectedness (Connectedness to Nature Scale, CNS), Environmental Identity Scale, EID short form) and mood (Positive and Negative Affect Scale, PANAS) were assessed before and after nature immersion, while heart rate was tracked continuously by a wristwatch heart rate tracker throughout the 2-h experience.

Demographics and general health practice (GHP) information were also collected. A mixed model ANOVA revealed that nature connectedness and mood (but not heart rate) improved post-immersion for all participants. Comparing the guided / unguided conditions, there were no significant differences in the change in nature connectedness, mood or heart rate.

Comparing within the five segments within the standard sequence in the guided condition, the third and fifth segments revealed a significantly lower heart rate compared to the baseline heart rate."

Increase deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest

The deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest increased by 43% compared to the same month of the previous year.

These are the numbers released by the Brazilian agency Inpe, which deals with space research and in its mandate also has the monitoring of the deforestation of the Amazon. At that time, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had kicked off a series of policies that brought 2020 almost to the top of the list of the most deforested years, reversing a downward trend that had characterized the previous 5 years.

The United States, followed by Norway, Great Britain and some European countries, are proposing an annual payment to Brazil (the figure beats around one billion dollars) for concrete results in the fight against deforestation in the Amazon Stop deforestation by 2030 and increase the resources available for environmental protection agencies. At the moment, however, he has not given any details on how he intends to concretely stop logging.