It can be easy to feel disconnected from nature — especially if, like more than half of the world’s population, you live in a city, where food may seem to appear magically in grocery stores and fresh water comes out of a tap.
Yet it’s important to remember that without intact natural areas elsewhere, cities could not exist. Forests help counterbalance the air pollution of cities, absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. Rivers and lakes provide the water that urban residents use every day. Our food comes from farmland that must maintain healthy soils so it can continue to support a growing population.
This uplifting video, produced by CI’s visual storytelling team, reminds us of the infinite ways we depend on nature — not only for the material needs of current and future generations, but also for the beauty and inspiration that makes life worthwhile.
No matter where you live, please consider taking the pledge to protect the planet that provides.
Molly Bergen is the managing editor on CI’s news and publicity team.