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European Day of Parks 2021

Posted by Maria Cristina Chiulli on

The European Day of Parks (EDoP) aims to bring people closer to nature by offering a diversity of activities and events in protected areas across the EUROPARC Network. The European Day of Parks was created in 1999 as a celebration of the first National Parks in Europe (Sweden, 24th of May 1909). Since then, the EUROPARC Federation has been celebration Europe’s Protected Areas on the 24th of May.

Due to the corona crisis, many Parks received a large number of relatively new visitors. Corona has emphasized that green spaces are more than just places for nature, they are essential for human health as well. How is your Park responding to this demand? Maybe through offering mindfulness walks or forest bathing?

Study after study has indicated significant and sustained increases in people’s health and happiness, when connected to nature. Yet we are experiencing tangible biodiversity loss associated with removal of places for nature being replaced by buildings, industry, roads and other infrastructure, not to mention the challenges of climate change.

Nature brings us many benefits. It provides us with food, medicines, business opportunities, and at the same time it is our natural shield from air, water and noise pollution. Access to nature is also essential for health. During the Covid-19 lockdowns across Europe, we had a chance to realise how important green areas are for our mental and physical well-being. To build a healthier and more resilient society we thus need to value our nature protected areas and invest more into green infrastructures, including urban areas and public spaces. (source: europarc.org)

How often are you enjoying nature? Whether you live in cities or rural areas, for your own health and a healthy environment, adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle, use eco mobility and walk more, use renewables, eat local vegan organic food, ditch plastics! Try our natural reusable eco-friendly products, Say Yes to Life, Earth Thanks! 🌿

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