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JOIN THE 30×30 CHALLENGE!

Want to feel healthier, happier and more peaceful? Add a daily dose of nature to your routine.

Most of us spend too much time in front of screens and too little time outdoors. It’s time to fall (back) in love with nature!

This May, the David Suzuki Foundation is challenging you and people around the world to join the 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. Our goal is simple: to reconnect human beings with nature for the sake of their health and mental well-being.

Join us in taking the 30×30 Nature Challenge, so we can reap nature’s benefits together. See you outside!

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YOU + NATURE

When you love nature, nature loves you back.

A growing chorus of scientists and researchers agree: time spent in nature makes us happier, healthier and less stressed. It increases creativity and lowers risk of heart attacks. It even makes us nicer, more empathetic humans, with more meaningful relationships and increased community involvement.​

Evidence shows that being regularly immersed in a natural setting, like a park, wetland or woodlot, reduces blood pressure, anxiety and stress levels and boosts immunity. Simply having a view of nature leads to faster patient recovery times in hospitals and higher job satisfaction and increased concentration in office workers. Outdoor exercise increases energy levels and reduces anger, depression and obesity.

For children, studies show that time outdoors, especially unstructured time in more natural settings, can increase curiosity, creativity and problem solving ability. It also improves their physical fitness and coordination and reduces symptoms associated with attention deficit disorder. It can even reduce the likelihood of needing glasses for near-sightedness.

Studies also demonstrate that nature can have profound effects on entire neighbourhoods or communities by improving job and life satisfaction of residents and aiding community cohesion and identity. It can even reduce violence and bridge the gap in health between high and low-income communities.

Given this amazing array of benefits and our increasing urbanization and isolation from nature, it is essential that we reframe our traditional view of nature as a place for leisure and sport towards one that emphasizes a full range of physical, mental, and social health benefits.

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Infographics by Pilot PMR.

References for 30×30 website and infographics
This is your brain on nature – National Geographic
Your Brain on Nature – Eva Selhub & Alan Logan (book)
The Natural Environments Initiative – Harvard School of Public Health
Connecting Canadians with Nature – Canadian Parks Council
The biggest risk is keeping kids indoors – ParticipACTION
Parks and Other Green Environments: Essential Components of a Healthy Human Habitat
Frances E. (Ming) Kuo

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30X30 AT WORK

Busy, high-tech lifestyles take a toll on staff: reduced productivity, lower job satisfaction and higher rates of absenteeism. But there’s an easy prescription for healthier, more creative workplaces: a regular dose of nature.

We want to feel happy and productive at work, not stressed and irritable. The 30×30 Nature Challenge for Workplaces is a simple and positive way to support health and mental well-being in your organization.

Register your workplace and get the official 30×30 Workplace Toolkit for tips, resources and fun workplace activities to engage your colleagues.

Plus, you’ll also receive an exclusive resource from Interface on biophilic design to help you create a greener, more beautiful work environment.

Let’s fall (back) in love with nature! See you outside.

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30×30 At School

Children today spend less time outdoors than any generation in human history. North American kids spend on average six hours each day in front of the TV or computer and less than an hour outdoors.

Time in nature can reduce stress and symptoms of attention-deficit disorders while boosting immunity, energy levels and creativity. Plus, children who spend time in nature are far more likely to protect it later in life.

The message is clear—kids need nature! And so do teachers.

If you’re a teacher or school administrator, register your school or classroom and get the 30×30 Challenge School Toolkit. It’s full of tips, resources and activity ideas to help you engage your students and colleagues.

Let’s fall (back) in love with nature! See you outside.

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30×30 FAQs

What is the 30×30 Nature Challenge?

For the past five years, the David Suzuki Foundation has invited Canadians and people around the world to join the 30×30 Nature Challenge. Last year, over 16,000 people signed up to spend 30 minutes outside each day for 30 days. Join us in cultivating the nature habit!

When does the Challenge start?

The 2016 30×30 Nature Challenge runs throughout the month of May. Register today! You can also sign up as a workplace or school – the 30×30 toolkits will help you engage your community.

How can I register?

Registration for the 2016 30×30 Nature Challenge starts April 1, 2016! Sign up at davidsuzuki.org/30×30

Can my workplace/school do the 30×30 Challenge?

Yes! Register online and get our free toolkits for workplaces and schools. They’re full of tips and activities, as well as ideas for getting your colleagues involved. Once you download your kit, you’ll receive regular updates to support you in engaging your community.

Where can we find nearby nature?

Nature isn’t a destination—it’s literally in your backyard. Green space is as close as your neighbourhood park or garden. Community gardens, trails, ravines and beaches are often a short diversion from your daily route. Birds, bees and other critters are always nearby. You just have to take time to watch and listen.

What counts as “time in nature”?

Good question! It’s simple: time in nature is about getting outside and taking time to notice and connect with the non-human life around you.

Time in nature is not always the same as being outside — most busy city thoroughfares aren’t very green or calming. But the good news for urban dwellers is that even small green spaces are beneficial if you relax and pay attention to nature when you’re there. We recommend putting your electronic devices away so you can use all your senses to listen for bird song, breathe fresh air and watch for local wildlife.

Can you give us some ideas for spending 30 minutes in nature during the workday?

Check out our Daily Tips and be sure to join David Suzuki on Facebook to see how others are getting their daily doses of nature.

I don’t live in Canada. Can I still participate?

Yes! Thousands of people from all over the world participate each year. Share your pictures and stories — we’d love to hear how you spend time in nature!

I missed a day – can I still participate in the Challenge?

Of course! The Challenge isn’t about being perfect. We want to encourage everyone to get outside and enjoy nature more often. Little by little, you can cultivate the nature habit.

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Love Letters to Nature

This year’s 30×30 Nature Challenge is all about love. What do you love most about nature?

We’re inviting you to join David Suzuki in writing your very own love letter to nature. It’s an opportunity to reflect on what you love while inspiring others to get outside. Each week, we’ll feature a winning love letter – winners will receive amazing prize packages from Genuine Health!

Love, write, deliver….

1. Reflect on what you love about nature—a favourite wild space from childhood, or how the sound of water makes you feel more peaceful. Be as specific as you can!

2. Write a love letter to nature. Tell us what you love in a story, a poem or a few simple words.

3. Share your love letter on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #lovenature and #30x30challenge. Include your love letter text accompanied by a photo or share a picture of your handwritten letter.

It’s time to fall (back) in love with nature. See you outside!

The Love Lettering Project is an internationally acclaimed community arts engagement project. Writer and arts educator, Lindsay Zier-Vogel has been asking people to write love letters to their communities for the last 12 years. For more information, visit loveletteringproject.com.

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Daily Tips

Cloud Watch
Listen
Bring Nature Indoors
Use Your Feet
Savour The Sunset
Read Outside
Eat Alfresco
Walk A Dog
Start A Natural Collection
Colour Outside The Lines
Barbecue
Dig In
Get Dirty
Take A Hike
Tune In
Stargaze
Wake Up With Nature
Cultivate Mindfulness
Bathe In The Forest
Take Care
Breathe Barefoot
Take A Nap
Go Camping
Free Your Mind
Wander
Jump In Mud Puddles
Get Happy
Plant A Patch
Play
Enjoy The Rain
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