The signatories ask the head of state to authorize walks and hikes in nature during confinement, which do not present a health hazard, according to them.
Over 80,000 people have signed a petition for “reasonable access to nature” during confinement linked to the coronavirus pandemic, launched a week earlier and addressed to the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, reports France Bleu Isere Saturday April 25.
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The petition was launched by a mountain guide and a doctor, and is supported by fifteen personalities including the environmental deputy of Deux-Sèvres and former Minister of Ecology Delphine Batho and the European deputy ecologist Marie Toussaint.
The signatories say they are aware of the gravity of the pandemic but believe that “walking in nature, when you are a regular hiker or trail runner, is less dangerous than some logging activities in the gardens”, explains mountaineer Lionel Daudet, assuring that several studies show the beneficial effects of contact with nature.
The psychiatrist Christophe André adds: “Walking and going out regularly, with precautions of course, provided you do not regroup, it is good for health and is also a reducer of inequalities. It is the only way for those who do not have a pleasant accommodation, or a garden, to benefit from the pleasure that green spaces can bring. It's both scientific and democratic. “
It's not about doing anything in natureat franceinfo
Co-creator of the petition, mountain guide Billy Fernandez explains on franceinfo that he “call nwe only have responsible practices in the mountains or elsewhere in natural areas “but also that “suggests that regulations evolve, not that regulations disappear“. Billy Fernandaez excludes risky practices: “It would not be reasonable to go base jump, mountaineering or long routes not equipped in the mountains, that is very clear. On the other hand, walking and possibly hiking, yoga, trail running, photography, napping even in nature, it's perfectly beneficial. “