The Environment and The Pandemic: Nature as Healer
Nature is a tremendous healer. Those stuck at home with lockdowns, teleworking, and online learning turned to nature to cope with and heal from the trials of the pandemic. The stress, anxiety, and depression many felt were soothed by the sounds, smells, and sights of our beautiful natural world.
National parks responded to COVID with safety precautions as well as encouragement to people to enjoy the great outdoors. The effect of the pandemic on national park management and usage has been significant.
A collection of photographs gathered from around the world by National Geographic illustrates the beauty of nature, changes to the environment during the pandemic, and human appreciation of the natural world.