Short Communication

EcoHealth

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 553-556

Rediscovering Nature in Everyday Settings: Or How to Create Healthy Environments and Healthy People

  • Cecily J. MallerAffiliated withGlobal Cities Institute and Centre for Design, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University Email author 
  • , Claire Henderson-WilsonAffiliated withSchool of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University
  • , Mardie TownsendAffiliated withFaculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University

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Abstract

It is estimated that half of the world’s population now live in urban environments. Urban living necessitates a removal from nature, yet evidence indicates that contact with nature is beneficial for human health. In fact, everyday urban places, such as where people live, study, and work, provide opportunities to bring nature back into cities to contribute to positive, healthy environments for people and to foster the human–nature connection. The inclusion of more nature in cities could have additional environmental benefits, such as habitat provision and improving the environmental performance of built environments. In the context of climate change, outcomes such as these assume further importance. This article explores how common urban places can foster links between people and nature, and generate positive health and well-being outcomes. We achieve this by exploring nature in the everyday settings of schools and residential housing.

Keywords

urban environments nature health and well-being schools children high-rise developments