HEALTH and NATURE
Conserving Land: Preserving Human Health
by Howard Frumkin, M.D., and Richard Louv
Evidence suggests that children and adults benefit so much from contact with nature that land conservation can now be viewed as a public health strategy
Public health professionals know that protecting watersheds is one of the best ways to assure clean, safe drinking water—so protecting the sources of clean water protects public health. Clean air is also part of a healthy, wholesome environment. Air pollutants contribute to cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and allergies. Therefore, protecting air quality is protecting public health.
What about land? Do people benefit from parks and green spaces? When we protect land, do we protect public health? Intuition, experience and theory suggest the answer is yes.
"In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks."
- John Muir