Solutions for People, Animals and Environment
Tales of WellBeing – Issue 2, February 2020

From WellBeing International

Last year, WBI celebrated Valentine’s Day with the story of a rescued dog in Costa Rica named, appropriately, Valentina. This year, we would like to send a Valentine’s Day message to Mother Nature for putting up with humans and providing us the resources to sustain the planet.

Photo by: KRowan, Tanzania

Nature’s beneficial effects on human health have been well documented. One of the early studies indicating this point appeared in Science in 1984, in which geographer Roger Ulrich reported that hospital patients who stayed in rooms overlooking a small stand of trees while recovering from gallbladder removal displayed quicker signs of recovery than those whose windows looked out onto a brick wall. Thirty-five years later, Science published a review (Bratman et al, 2019, including 273 references) examining the mental health value of experiencing nature. This indicates how far interest in the effect of nature on human mental health and physical well-being has come in the past few decades.

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
Albert Einstein

Planet Earth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils

William Wordsworth

" 'I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses. We must never forget that it is our duty to protect this environment.' Those are the words of Nelson Mandela. Never have they sounded more urgent."

From speech in Durban at the 17th Regular Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment by Joyce Msuya (Deputy Exec. Dir. Of UNEP) on 14 Nov 2019

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