Impact of Nature

Nature can have a big impact on a the health of people. Most of us know that nature can improve our mood and sense of well-being. However, the entire range of health benefits associated with nature can extend beyond this.

A report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy called Nature for Health and Equity outlined several of the health benefits associated with better access to nature.

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A report by the UK National Trust found that adults who had greater connection to nature were more likely to also report:

  • Increased happiness
  • Decreased depression and anxiety
  • Greater feelings that life was worthwhile

Everyone should try to get a average of 20 minutes of time in nature daily daily. The report suggests some quick tips to increase your time in nature.

Some suggested way to connect with nature are to:

  • Remove your headphones when you are outside
  • Listen for birds
  • Watch a sunrise or sunset
  • Read a book outdoors
  • Go for a walk or run outside

Link to the National Trust report press release.

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A report on the health benefits in the community of Derry, Ireland (population ~230,000) estimates that over $1.3 billion USD in physical and mental health health benefits over the next generation related to community green spaces. The report provides and excellent community assessment of the health benefits of nature for a population. Link to original article in Derry Now.

The report describes the natural capital of region – the estimated economic benefits of green and blue spaces.

The report estimated that every $1 invested in greenspaces provides a return of $22 to society. Greenspaces provide approximately $1000 benefit per community resident.

Read More Community Benefits Associated with Investments in Greenspaces