WE NEED CONTACT WITH NATURE
Homo sapiens are a species whose well-being depends on being in our natural habitat as much as any other
For 99% of our species' genetic history, we existed solely in wild environments, 10,000 generations' survival hinging on their ability to engage with these living surroundings. Over this time, we evolved positive psychological and physiological responses to green settings, which provided safety to rest and digest, as well as mood- and immunity-boosting microbes.
Despite the fact that we've since invented technologies that (ostensibly) grant us independence from nature, our stubborn genes haven’t kept pace: we’re still biologically hardwired to need immersion in verdure – the restorative sight of foliage, the calming scent of soil – to function, and to feel, as we should.