“We are not surprised. Our research shows that people recuperate and find a sense of meaning and belonging in nature, and these reports from Google indicate that this becomes even more important when we practice social distancing like we do now because of COVID-19,” Karl Samuelsson, environmental researcher at the University of Gävle, says.
Karl points out that we need to rethink nature’s ability not only to provide resilience during natural catastrophes, but also its ability to strengthen people’s mental and physical well-being during a crisis.
“We need to use nature-based solutions to a much greater extent than what we have done.”
Sweden can set an example
The environmental researchers from Gävle see this crisis as an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about human conditions and humans’ relationship to their habitat.