Why go green?
Oftentimes, we hear about how greens can help to beautify our environment.
Also, it is not unlikely that you may have heard about how greens can help to aid relaxation.
However, green environments are not beneficial for their beauty alone. There are several ways that green environments could be beneficial to your health and wellbeing.
In this post, we will show you 5 ways that living in a green neighborhood can be of immense benefit to your health.
1. Preservation of the Ozone Layer
An American proverb says that “we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we simply borrow it from our kids”. If considered carefully, we would realize that it is true in all of its entirety.
Increased industrial activities on earth has become responsible for the increased speed in the destruction of the ozone layer. The ozone layer has, from time immemorial, helped to reduce the impact of ultraviolet rays from the sun on the earth.
And at the moment, the strength of the ozone layer is speedily diminishing as pollutant gases are creating a hole in the ozone layer.
According to Ecosia, the world’s forests absorb a third of global emissions every year. Particles, odors and pollutant gases such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia and sulfur dioxide settle on the leaves of a tree.
Trees absorb these toxic chemicals through their stomata, or ‘pores’, effectively filtering these chemicals from the air.
Trees also mitigate the greenhouse gas effect by trapping heat, reduce ground-level ozone levels and release life-giving oxygen.
So, green environments help to cushion the impact of pollutant gases on the ozone layer, thereby guaranteeing a safer environment for everyone, including unborn children.
2. Preservation of Human Life
Every year, about 3 million people die from diseases and allergies that can be traced to air pollution. Some of them include lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases, heart diseases and so on.
Although we may not have direct control over industrial activities that cause air pollution, we can control the impact of air pollution by increasing tree planting activities.
Of course, trees help to purify the air we breathe.
Trees help to reduce the impact of air pollution by absorbing toxic chemicals from the atmosphere, thereby reducing inhalation of harmful substances by humans.
In a nutshell, trees consume toxic substances on our behalf and shield us from the risk of having terminal diseases.
3. Improves Mental Health & Increases Productivity
Green spaces aren’t just for nature, they also boost our mental health. Increased access to green spaces helps to improve mental health because they provide a form of calmness and serenity.
Even by mere visual access (viewing natural scenes), green spaces can help take away stress and restore our ability to concentrate more, thereby increasing our productivity.
Also, green areas are especially beneficial for kids.
Kids that play in green areas are likely to be more creative, intelligent and productive than kids that do not. Green areas can ignite the urge to explore the surroundings and discover other forms of life like insects, plants and trees.
It also helps kids discover their abilities to run, climb and use their imagination.
4. Encourages Physical Activities
Living in green areas has a way of stimulating physical activities such as jogging, running and so on, both for kids and adults.
More access to natural elements increases the time spent outside, as well as our interest in exercising.
Studies have shown that exercises feel better when done in the natural environment, thereby increasing the time spent exercising.
And of course, we already know how great exercises are for our body.
5. Improves Immune system & keeps you healthy
Living in a green environment can improve our immune system while keeping us healthy.
A research by University of Illinois, has found evidence that spending time in nature provides protection against a wide range of diseases such as depression, diabetes, obesity, ADHD, cancers amongst many others.
How the exposure to green spaces lead to better health has remained a mystery. But the University of Illinois environment and behavior researcher, Ming Kuo, believes that the answer lies in nature’s ability to enhance the functioning of the body’s immune system.
Therefore, we can conclude that a green environment does not only help to sustain our planet, it also helps to sustain our health, thereby helping us live healthier and happier lives.
Now the ball is in your court.
Wouldn’t you rather live in a green environment?
Interestingly, green neighborhoods are a major feature of Hall7’s mission to create intentional communities.
We particularly take pride in planting surrounding trees both in private and communal areas before handover. Thereby ensuring the environment is eco-friendly for you and your family upon your arrival.
Wouldn’t you rather choose a healthier and happier life?