Forests preserve the climate
purify the atmosphere, the Earth's shield, by transforming carbon dioxide into living matter and producing pure oxygen. Forests are essential to our health and the health of the Earth. They sequester carbon, regulate global temperatures and freshwater flows, recharge groundwater, anchor fertile soils and act as flood barriers.
They are home to 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity and genetic security. They are a treasure trove of innovation and a source of sustenance for the survival of 350 million people.
Conserving existing forests, restoring wild forest ecosystems and accelerating the reforestation of land is essential for the transition to economic and civilizational sustainability. Reconnection to the wilderness is now urgent especially in environments where physical and mental health has been degraded by its destruction, artificial urbanization - forests possess the secret of the eternal youth we have always sought, they give us hope as well as the courage to persevere, even in the most difficult conditions - trees teach us resilience, to remain rooted in reality while imagining the future, unleashing our capacity to innovate.
Conserving and developing wild ecosystems is the most effective way to regenerate the economy and life on Earth, the health of humans " Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet.
Forests attract rainwater and give birth to springs.
They filter them naturally through their foliage, roots and soil - we now know that regions that have cut their forests dry up and wither away - on the other hand, helping Nature to reclaim the land restores the water balance, cycles and resilience of life.
Forests heal us
La vallée éternelle is a sanctuary of forest medicine, the Shinrin-yoku - scientists have discovered that the forest heals us thanks to essential oils that the trees release, phytoncides - they are studying the olfactory molecules of the forests, to deepen their knowledge of the therapeutic effects.
Forests make us stronger
after only 3 days in the forest everything becomes clearer again - our body and mind are strengthened, our ability to think freely and our skills are increased, our stress level returns to normal - the distance from the wilderness weakens us and makes us ill
the forests take care of us and make us happier ( Pascal d'Erm, journalist and author of Natura )
Forests increase our immunity.
They reduce our blood pressure (calms the heart rate, stress, anxiety caused by our distance from nature).
Scientists have discovered one of the most powerful natural microbiomes on the forest floor - the more we are in direct contact with it, the more children play with it, the more we let its microbiome regenerate and enrich ours, the better our chances of maintaining our physical and mental well-being - the role of the natural microbiome on health and longevity is one of the most important areas of scientific research today, along with epi-genetics, the influence of the environment and our habits on our genes and especially Nature's influence on our health.
Forest improve our mental health
By just listening to natural sounds, from a small stream, leaves in the wind, from the song of a robin's voice, improve us physically and mentally by disconnecting the brain systems of fear - we all know the feeling of peace and joy that occurs when walking in Nature - today science demonstrates what we have known for 2 million years: we are at home in Nature.
Forests produce the healthiest and most regenerative foods in the world. The Greek physician Hippocrates proclaimed almost 2,500 years ago "let food be your medicine and medicine be your food" scientific studies show that a large part of our cultivated products are very low in phytonutrients, fundamental compounds our bodies need to stay healthy - we have been removing phytonutrients from our diets since we stopped looking for wild plants about 10,000 years ago and started eating cultivated foods - this knowledge was made possible by new technology that allowed researchers to compare the phytonutrient content of wild plants with cultivated foods - for example, wild dandelions contain 700% more phytonutrients than spinach, a wild purple potato contains 2800% more anti-cancer anthocyanins than cultivated red potatoes, wild apples contain up to 10,000% more phytonutrients than cultivated apples, some mushrooms are one of the best sources of vitamin D - They are rich in minerals such as magnesium and potassium, which act against blood pressure, fatigue, stress.
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness - John Muir.
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