It’s clear that being around nature is good for one’s health, but why? Researchers have been looking into the physiological reasons for the benefits of nature and multiple reasons have been found. Being in nature is good for you in many tiny ways that culminate into a big benefit to your immune system. Everything from a small house plants to large trees in local parks helps your immune system function better.
Be comforted knowing that you can improve your health (and other’s) by just helping plants grow.
In built environments, trees and landscaping may promote health not only by contributing positive factors like phytoncides but also by reducing negative factors.Air pollutionis associated with myocardial inflammation and respiratory conditions (Villarreal-Calderon et al., 2012).High temperaturescan cause heat exhaustion, heat-related aggression and violence, and respiratory distress due to heat-related smog formation (Anderson, 2001;Akbari, 2002;Tawatsupa et al., 2012). Andviolenceaffects physical and mental health (e.g.,Groves et al., 1993). Vegetation filters pollutants from the air (although see Table 2 in the Supplementary Materials for details), dampens the urban heat island (e.g.,Souch and Souch, 1993), and appears to reduce violence (Table 2 in the Supplementary Materials for review).
We keep kicking wildlife out of their homes, and it’s time to reverse that process. We need to invite wild animals back into the places they used o live, this is known as rewilding. The most celebrated rewilding effort was done in Yellowstone when wolves were reintroduced into the park, which led to a much healthier ecosystem. Now, there are places all around the world trying to return their parks and natural areas back to their pre-industrial prime. In Scotland they are looking to make rewilding a national effort.
He explains that they are urging all political parties to commit to five different measures to protect nature and boost the economy:
Commit to rewilding 30 per cent of public land.
Establish a community fund to support rewilding in towns and cities.
Backing the reintegration of keystone species such as rehoming beavers and reintroducing the Eurasian Lynx where there is local support.
Create a coastal zone where dredging and trawling are not permitted
Introduce a plan to control deer populations, allowing land to recover from overgrazing.
The Scottish public is behind the idea too. Last year the SWA commissioned a poll across Scotland which found widespread support for the principle of rewilding. More than three-quarters of people who expressed an opinion backed the concept, ten times as many as those who objected to it.
Doctors in Canada may soon be prescribing the oldest medicine in the world: walking it off. Thanks to the work of family doctor Dr. Melissa Lem in British Columbia the province will allow a walk in nature to be prescribed by doctors. It’s been proven time and time again that exposure to nature helps with all sorts of medical conditions and recovery times. This initiative to prescribe nature means people can take medical time from work to go for a hike and get a nudge from their doctor to improve their lives.
Dr. Lem wants to bring the program to every province.
Prescriptions for nature became available through this program at the end of last month, and their availability will improve as more health-care practitioners sign up for the prescription packages, which include fact sheets, relevant literature and a unique provider code. This can be done on the programâ€™swebsite.
In the coming months, Lem intends to expand the program to other provinces and territories, forging partnerships between health-care and parks organizations and sharing the resources she has spent years collecting. Until then, she said health-care providers outside B.C. can sign up in advance and will get their prescription packages when the program reaches them.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Achim Steiner spoke today at Collision at Home about The Lion’s Share organization. The organization looks to protect endangered species by channeling some funding that large companies put into advertising into spending on protecting our environment. It’s basically putting in a voluntary tax earmarked for a specific cause. This is great to see and a model that other causes and organizations can follow. It’s so successful that the UN is joining forces with some of the biggest brands in the world to make sure humankind pays its debts.
The Lionâ€™s Share Fund is a pioneering initiative that supports wildlife while elevating brands to resonate with audiences in a more meaningful way â€“ thereby positively impacting the brandâ€™s growth, trust, and profitability.
They become more profitable and are perceived positively.
We feel good by supporting a business for doing the right thing.
Their lives and habitats are preserved, enabling them to thrive.
Walking is great! Most of us have heard that we should get 10,000 steps a day to maintain our health, but walking is more than just taking steps. Shane Oâ€™Mara in his book In Praise of Walking explores what walking is all about (hint: it’s everything that makes us human). It matters where we walk too, so be sure to get out into some nature for a meaningful walk instead of sticking to concrete.
Oâ€™Mara, a professor of experimental brain research at Trinity College in Dublin, writes in straightforward prose, methodically presenting research and studies in support of his thesis that walking has not only been crucial to human evolution but is essential to our health. Studies show that regular walking mobilizes changes in the structure of our brain that can increase volume in the areas associated with learning and memory. He dedicates a chapter to the science behind human navigation and describes how the selective memories of our wanderings are central components of our experiences and ability to make â€œmaps of the world we have experienced.â€
Oâ€™Mara argues that walking influences many aspects of cognition â€” how we think, reason, remember, read, and write. In particular, there is a vital relationship between movement of the body and the flow of thinking. â€œSince antiquity it has been recognized that a good walk is an excellent way to think problems through,â€ he writes.