TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - After reading the book Your Brain on Nature, one thing that has stuck with me is how experiencing nature should be a natural part of all of our everyday lives. It's something I intuitively knew but until I read the book didn't fully appreciate the science as to why.
In Japan, for example, the government has made it a priority to create natural spaces to help reduce stress. They call it Shinrin-Yoku—Forest Bathing.
In a Q&A on the Nature Conservancy of Canada's blog with author Alan Logan, Logan was asked, "How can organizations do a better job of convincing others of the importance of conserving natural places and spending time in them?"
"It's time that we start having the conversation about nature's impact on our public health on a broader level. I think that these conversations can only help to effect change."
Part of the conversation has been on Twitter with the hashtag #time4nature.
What I like about #time4nature is that's it's not overly promotional (i.e. there's no organization's name in the hashtag). Instead it's about creating a dialogue about something that benefits us all.
Over the summer, Telus and the Globe and Mail partnered with the Nature Conservancy on an initiative to help promote Canadians' love of nature. They got people to submit images of our country's natural settings for a chance to win Telus gear and the opportunity to be profiled in the Globe.
As we get into colder weather here's hoping other organizations and individuals also join the conversation and continue to talk about the benefits of our natural playground.
Because after all, stress is not only around in the summer months. And, there are some pretty stunning things that you can see when you do your own forest bathing – even when the weather dips below zero.
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