India and Mexico, champions of optimism and connecting with nature

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India takes first place in the Groupe Rocher's Reconnect to Nature Barometer. Mexico and Brazil follow suit.

The inhabitants of India, Brazil and even Mexico place a high degree of importance to nature in their daily lives. And that is having benefits on well-being and mental health... and even on the degree of optimism in those areas, as a new barometer conducted in 19 countries around the world shows.

Conducted among 19,000 people (1,000 per country) by the Rocher Group, this study proposes a ranking based on a score from 0 to 10, that takes into account the degree of attachment to nature, the degree of knowledge about nature and the degree of contact with nature of the citizens questioned. The objective of this barometer was also to study all the benefits of nature on the participants' well-being, as well as their resilience and their degree of optimism.

In terms of connection to nature, India leads with a score of 8/10, followed by Mexico (7.8/10) and Brazil (7.7). At the bottom of the list are South Korea (6.4) and Japan (5.3). The average is a score of 7.2, with South Africa scoring 7.5, the United States 7.3, Canada and France 7, and Australia 6.8. According to the study, the connection with nature is closely linked with the way participants see the future: the stronger this link, the higher the levels of happiness and confidence.

Contrary to what one might think, attachment to green spaces is not limited to people living in rural areas but also to those living in large cities, including those living in apartments. However, the score for connection to nature remains higher for those living in a house with a garden (7.5 vs. 6.9).

The survey also notes strong socio-economic disparities: first of all, in terms of age, with the youngest people being the least likely to live in contact with nature (7.3 for the 35-64 year olds against 6.9 for the 16-24 year olds). Those in higher socio-economic categories also record a higher score (7.4) than the unemployed and the inactive (6.9).

"This unique year has shown how much we need to put nature back into our lives, especially in the big cities. The temporary loss of our individual freedoms has made us aware of this lack of nature in our daily lives. This need, expressed as a collective intuition, raises questions about our own preservation. It is by reconnecting with nature that we will learn to take care of ourselves, others and our planet," outlines Bris Rocher, CEO of Groupe Rocher.

Léa Drouelle