- The more high-tech life becomes the more we need nature – it’s our basic human right to connect with nature and that also brings responsibilities … if we have a right to net access then surely there is a right to access nature in the raw eg not just on the screen!
- We need exposure to the natural world, we gravitate to it which also explains why we prefer certain locations and particular views from our home
- We suffer withdrawal when we don’t have a regular top up and feel pained if our environment is threatened.
- It stimulates our senses, we become more conscious of our surroundings while artificial ones stifle – hear the birds, watch the clouds and water ….
- More time outdoors nurtures our creativity, we become more productive and healthier!
- Nature heals – medical research found that patients with a good view needed less meds, shorter stays and made less complaints
- It reduces depression and improves our psychological wellbeing. Research shows jogging in a green setting has far more benefits than in an urban area.
- Nature builds community bonds, research proves that we nurture closer relationships, value community and become more generous
- It bonds families and friends through hiking, gardening and engaging in other outdoor activities together
Adapted from Richard Louv in The Guardian