Now that more than 50% of the world lives in an urban area - by 2050 that's forecast to be 70% - we're all having less direct contact with nature, at the same time there's an increase in anxiety and mental health disorders, especially in cities.
A study by Stanford university shows clear benefits of spending time in nature: less brooding, less rumination and generally feeling better.
Their conclusion: we need to consider how to get nature back into cities, and give people more opportunities to interact with natural environments to get the benefits for our mental health.
Author & Curator
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.