It’s funny how many of us go on holiday each year to appreciate and enjoy nature, but as a species, we seem to be doing our best to destroy most remaining natural habitats?
Why do we choose to live in cities that have little to no resemblance to nature? Sure, we have parks and trees, if we’re lucky, but we don’t go out of our way to promote a natural environment as the default standard, and instead focus on building concrete jungles.
Perhaps this is because we are building on the legacy of our recent ancestors, instead of taking a new approach.
I have come to the realization that I am not really a big-city person. I understand living in a large metropolis if you need to for very specific types of work, but other than that it makes very little sense. Sure, you can earn more, but then everything is significantly more expensive.
The pollution, smog, and noise are all incredibly damaging to our mental and physical health, and the concrete buildings and lack of greenery can make us feel claustrophobic.
We need to start living in harmony with nature again, not just for our own sake, but for the sake of the planet. We need to consciously make an effort to preserve natural habitats, and create more green spaces in our cities.
Migrating to urban living in the last century was a major shift in human behavior. It allowed for more people to be concentrated in smaller areas, which led to advances in technology and productivity. But, with remote work now being a thing, will the cost of cities still be worth it considering that one can have similar opportunities when living anywhere?