Posted by: henrymcghie | June 9, 2014

Nature access versus nature connection

Finding Nature

Urban environments shape and define us more and more. From a past embedded in the natural world, our innate design skills, driven by an imaginative mind, have allowed us to settle and farm the land. Then, further advances saw people leave the fields and villages for a contrasting life in towns and cities where most of us now live. This growing disconnection from nature can be linked to the wider state of nature and research has also shown a health gap between people living in rural and urban locations. It has been suggested that the reason for this difference is down to environmental factors such as pollution and unhealthy behaviours. However, recent studies have found a strong link between health and the availability and access to green spaces.

It seems that access to more urban parks is a priority. However, a recent research paper by Lin and colleagues suggests that…

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