Saving biodiversity: why our mental and physical health depends on it

pexels pixabay 164470 scaled Saving biodiversity: why our mental and physical health depends on it

Losing pollinators like bees and butterflies will cost the UK agricultural sector around £700 million each year. Biodiversity is essential for both our mental and physical wellbeing. However, reports show biodiversity is declining, which could lead to economic and health risks. Here a psychologist outlines four reasons why it’s so vital that we protect our natural world. During the COVID-19 lockdowns, more of us are noticing the variety of animals, trees, and flowers in our back gardens or local park – and how being in contact with nature can influence our happiness. This variety of life is known as biodiversity and it’s essential for our health and wellbeing . We depend on biodiversity in the natural world for the water we drink, the food we eat and the clean air we breathe. But reports show that it is declining at an unprecedented rate – and that this is likely to lead to huge economic and health risks . For example, farming relies on bees and butterflies to pollinate plants, which create fruits and vegetables. Losing pollinators will cost the UK agricultural sector up to £700 million each year, and would seriously affect the country’s food supply. Our new research […]

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