Within days of COVID-imposed social isolation, I was feeling like a caged animal, metaphorically climbing the walls of my home office.
Aside from connecting with loved ones on Zoom, getting out of the house has been my most treasured part of the day. And one of the silver linings of being confined to my immediate neighbourhood has been the chance to explore my local natural environment, slowing down and taking the time to notice the little things.
It is this concept of taking #TimeForNature that the UN has embraced for World Environment Day 2020, selecting biodiversity as its unifying theme. Biodiversity is the delicate web of interactions within and between plants and animals that maintains life on earth.
My ANZ colleagues have been sharing how the natural environment has helped them thrive during COVID. For Jun Sawa, an avid photographer, the forests of Warburton in Victoria have helped him stay creative. Jeff Elliott’s flowering gum provides a backdrop for his teleconferences. Employee Journey Expert, Methika Yanes exercises in her local park, and AgriBusiness Associate Director Alanna Barrett and her family enjoy exploring wombat holes and looking for treasure on her farm.