Nature is good for environmental awareness. That’s the conclusion from an academic study published today. In one sense tell me something I wasn’t expecting. The study suggests that access to any greenery makes people live differently.
Its certainly true in my own life. I’d been interested and concerned with the environment before I had a garden but become much more interested afterwards. The reason being you notice stuff. I noticed a dramatic increase in Autumn particularly in the late 90’s. Instead of the leaves on the trees being gone by the end of September they were still there in October and November. Then when I started growing things I noticed the weird weather, particularly springs – which are now very cold or hot or wet. More recently I’ve seen a dramatic drop in bird numbers over the last few years. Extinction rebellion have a very apt name.
Would I have noticed this if I’d carried on living in a flat? Maybe, but to the same extent? I’m not sure. The government make this harder. Gardens can be built on, parks are subject to cuts which at the very least makes them less pleasant to visit and now in England making it more difficult to roam on land. Yes, nature is good for environmental awareness. But lots of things seem to be working against it.