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Rapid urbanisation is putting pressure on ecosystems and threatening biodiversity in regions in Australia and around the world. But urbanisation can be structured to help the environment and the people living in it.
Research and evidence demonstrating the positive impacts of green space and biodiversity on people and urban space is significant - and continues to grow.
According to the World Health Organisation, green spaces in cities “as part of a wider environmental context have the potential to help address problems ‘upstream’ in a preventative way [and are] considered a more-efficient approach than simply dealing with the ‘downstream’ consequences of ill health.”
As well as physical health - including reduced rates of obesity – WHO has also shown links between green spaces and better mental health, along with improved social capital.
The health of the planet is also a growing factor, with Australia’s residential sector accounting for 57 per cent of Australia’s built environment emissions. Our home influences almost every aspect of our lives.
Although urbanisation is usually considered detrimental to biodiversity, it can also present many opportunities. Urbanisation and biodiversity don’t have to be mutually exclusive propositions.