The Protectors of Forests

Forests are a life source for humanity. They provide us with various things that keep us alive, including air, water, food, shelter, and medicine (Nerger, 2022). Despite the importance of forests to humans, trees are going extinct at an accelerated rate because of us. Human-caused climate change is the second most prevalent threat to the extinction of trees (“Up to 135 U.S. tree species face extinction,” n.d.). Deforestation and degradation are also large contributors to tree extinction and a decrease in forest functionality. Deforestation is clearing forested lands on purpose, whereas degradation is when a forest no longer functions well. Deforestation is usually caused by unsustainable and illegal agriculture. Degradation is caused by climate change and illegal logging. Although humans cause the many problems forests are facing, humans can also be the solution to these problems. Indigenous people set the example of how forests should be treated by humans. Forests on Indigenous lands are much healthier than other forests because of how indigenous people care for their lands.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder… or just the winter blues?

Do the shorter days in the winter give you the blues? If so, you are not alone. As the winter months draw near and day lights savings begins, the sky gets darker earlier in the day. During this time, people may begin to experience depressive symptoms, otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, where there are biological and mood disturbances occurring in autumn and winter with remission in the spring or summer (Kurlansik & Ibay, 2012). Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is triggered by the changing of seasons, typically coinciding with the beginning of fall. With SAD, the seasonal depression gets worse in the late fall or early winter and ends when it becomes sunnier in the spring. According to the American Psychiatric Association, SAD is officially classified as major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns (Golden, et al., 2005).

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Crafting With Nature

If you are someone who enjoys arts and crafts you have found the perfect post. Painting can be quite expensive if you are considering oil paints and professional art supplies, but you can make art by using items that you can find outside!! Nature holds all colors possible in flowers, grass, soil etc… By compressing things such as leafs, flowers, grass, etc… and mixing these items with some water you can easily make water color paint. It as a very easy activity to create and it would even save you some money. Not only that but you can also create natural paint brushes by attaching grass or flowers to small branches with a rubber band; this will create different stroke patterns and it is also money efficient. Truly you can do these activities without spending a single dollar because all the materials you need are right out of your door. You can do these activities with friends or if you have an audience of smaller children, they would love this. It enhances fine motor skills and lets them explore different mediums and textures.

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Explore Nature with Live Streaming Cameras!

Have you ever wanted to see certain animals in nature or watch magnificent sights but weren’t able to because of the geographical distance? Perhaps you have always wanted to view a sunset at the Santa Monica beach and pier, see pipeline surfing in action on Ehukai Beach in Oahu, Hawaii, and witness the dazzling waves of light mainly seen in high latitude regions, otherwise known as the northern lights (aurora borealis). People around the world, with the assistance of new technological advances of live streaming cameras, can watch these amazing sights of the nature on Explore.org

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