Our psychophysical well-being depends largely on a healthy relationship with the environment around us, near or far. Movement, which is my job, is essential for health, but not sufficient: we also need healthy food, air and water. The destruction of ecosystems threatens not only the survival of many species of animals and plants, but also human health. The progressive loss of biodiversity deprives us of precious plant foods, while unique environments are disappearing. The psychological aspect is of no less importance: we have fewer and fewer woods to walk in, peaceful and silent places where we can find ourselves in contact with nature.
Big cities are hyperstimulating and noise-saturated environments, where sleep disorders, anxious states, attention deficit are increasing. Air pollution causes respiratory system diseases, canceling the benefit of outdoor physical activity, which would be effective and affordable for everyone.
Moving in complex, natural environments brings us back to our original nature, stimulates adaptability and give us the opportunity to move on all levels: a scenario that is difficult to reproduce in the gym, even using sophisticated pieces of equipment. The fight against sedentariness, which is now the subject of institutional prevention programs, can only succeed if there are environments in which it is pleasant to run, ride a bike, swim, climb.
For these reasons I have chosen to engage in awareness-raising projects on ecological issues for about twenty years now: in the past through workshops with school children and students, today with “A Plank for the Koala” and others who are in progress.