There is a growing body of research that demonstrates there are correlations between people’s levels of nature connectedness and their wellbeing.
Findings from the Noticing Nature report suggest that people with higher levels of nature connectedness are happier and feel that life is worthwhile and they are less likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.
People who are better connected with nature are more likely to care for nature and live in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.
Why is this important? Well, our world is facing some significant challenges, CO2 emissions continue to rise, our climate is still warning and because of this and additional human factors habitats and biodiversity loss is continuing.
In addition there is growing concern that we may be facing a mental health crisis. Reconnecting ourselves with nature could contribute towards reversing some of these trends. It could make us happier and encourage us to live in a way that has less of an environmental impact on the planet and help nature.
The best of it is we can connect with nature wherever we are, 24 hours of the day 365 days a year. This video explains the five pathways to nature connectedness.
For our final week of our Walking with Nature campaign we would love for you to take some ideas from this video, go out for a walk and notice the good things in nature.
In this week's blog, we hear from NatureScot's, Biodiversity and Climate Change Engagement Officer, Abi Gardner on appreciating the nature that lives right on your doorstep.