Sourced from Soil Advocates
Often, living in a city can isolate you from nature. You may not have access to a yard and your daily commute may only involve an endless sea of concrete.
Many people simply accept this and cease having any daily connection with nature. However, research shows that spending time regularly in the great outdoors is a critical part of wellness.
The World Health Organization reports that urban green spaces play an important role in cooling cities along with providing recreational and social opportunities. In fact, a lack of physical inactivity, linked to poor walkability and lack of access to recreational areas, accounts for 3.3% of global deaths. They even have a positive impact on the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression.
Where To Go To Find Urban Green Spaces
Urban green spaces are urban dwellers’ backyard playgrounds. More and more neighborhoods and housing complexes are including green spaces due to recognizing their role in fostering a well-functioning society. Look around your community for:
- Sports fields
- Walking trails
- Butterfly gardens
- Wellness/meditation gardens
Now it’s crucial for “livable” cities to have adequate green spaces for residents. Far beyond mere tourist attractions, these green spaces are part of a new view of parks that focuses on their role as a component of positive urban policy, creating job opportunities, enhancing public health, and building communities. Along with proper sanitation, public transit services, and affordable housing, urban green spaces are an important part of making cities work for residents.