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Natural Benefits

Date: 22 Mar 2021 - 22 Mar 2021

Time: 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

Town/City: Online

Nature’s impact on health and well-being: creating inclusive local economies.  

Covid-19 has shown us that access to nature is critical to the population’s well-being. During lockdowns many people in Scotland have been spending more time in their local countryside and exploring the natural world more than before.

Greater familiarity is key to increased understanding of the countryside and where food comes from and that nature and food production do not have to be in conflict. In this session we will discuss the relative merits of different health interventions and motivations (going for a walk might be better than an aspirin) and making natural amenities accessible to the wider population - both rural and urban.

We will explore how to eliminate the inequalities in people's access to nature and how to ensure policymakers prioritise these factors when planning and budgeting new infrastructure projects. How can we capitalise on people's growing familiarity and understanding of the countryside to encourage a more positive attitude and behaviour towards biodiversity, taking pride in the land and tackling climate change?

The series is supported by The Pebble Trust, The Open University and Wildland Ltd.

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