Nature Can Save Us All

Nature, it turns out, may be one of our best hopes for building, and maintaining, civilization

A photo of a woman wearing a raincoat and hood. She is standing in the rain with her eyes closed, looking peaceful.
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Now is the time, she says, to “grab a tree and hold on.”

One possible reason? Plants emit copious amounts of compounds called phytoncides that protect them from molecular invaders, and perhaps, some researchers suggest, humans also benefit from inhaling these aerosols. Now is the time, she says, to “grab a tree and hold on.”

“It’s not only okay, but we need to push people to go outside as long as they maintain six feet of distance.”

“We need to stay outside as much as possible right now,” says Dr. David Sabgir, medical director for cardiac rehabilitation at Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, and the founder of the national Walk With a Doc program. “It’s not only okay, but we need to push people to go outside as long as they maintain six feet of distance.”

Journalist/podcaster/the author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. www.florencewilliams.com Instagram @Florence999

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