Green planet: how gardening can save the world
Author: James Wong
Studies has consistently shown how green space can profoundly affect how we understand our surroundings, navigate the world around us, and feel about ourselves. It affects not just our mental and physical health, but how we interact with others, how we structure society. Trials demonstrate that exercise in green spaces tends to feel easier, even if subjects are burning more calories. Our levels of stress and anxiety are measurably reduced when we are surrounded by plants. When we garden, not only do we make the world a more beautiful place, we also improve local biodiversity, cool overheated cities, mop up pollution and mitigate against flooding, all while improving our own health and well-being.