A bamboo forest in Japan is “crying” as inconsiderate tourists carve graffiti on trees.
The forest, located in Arashiyama, Kyoto, has been attracting tourists from all over the world with its breathtaking serenity that evokes a sense of peace.
Forest bathing, or being in the presence of trees, is a Japanese practice scientifically proven to boost the immune system, decrease stress, lower blood pressure and improve one’s sense of wellness.
The activity, known in Japan as “shinrin-yoku”, belongs to a broader group of natural treatment practices called eco-therapy. The collective includes adventure therapy, animal-assisted interventions, green gyms, social and therapeutic horticulture and wilderness therapy, among others.
India’s government plans to spend $6.2 billion on reforestation.
The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha, India’s lower house, this week and is awaiting approval from India’s upper house, the Rajya Sabha.