The average Canadian spends more than 90 per cent of their time indoors, and more than six hours a day in front of screens. We have become increasingly urban and disconnected from the natural world. Symptoms of our nature deficit are easy to spot; stress, obesity, heart disease, asthma, depression.
The good news is that we already have an easy prescription for healthier lives and communities. We simply need to increase our dosage of nature. As this infographic illustrates, nature is the best medicine. Studies show that exposure is good for your health and your head. It even makes you happier and nicer.
United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects: The 2007 Revision.
National Wildlife Federation
A forest bathing trip increases human natural killer activity and expression of anti-cancer proteins in female subjects.
National Recreation and Park Association
National Wildlife Federation: Be out there
New York Times: The Claim: Exposure to Plants and Parks Can Boost Immunity
Medical: Spending time outside has many health benefits
Childrenandnature – Health benefits to children from contact with the outdoors & nature
Childrenandnature – Children’s Nature Deficit: What We Know – and Don’t know
CNN – Carbon footprint of the world’s biggest cities
Spending Time in Nature Makes People Feel More Alive, Study Shows