Never underestimate the power of an urban forest

Friday, January 11, 2013

For the first time in history, the majority of people reside in cities. For a species that evolved to live in small, primate tribes on the African savannah, such a migration marks a dramatic shift. In recent years, it's become clear that such unnatural surroundings have important implications for our mental and physical health, and can powerfully alter how we think.

Enter the urban forest. Because of the huge migration to city life, urban forests and park spaces have become an integral part of living a healthy life. The good news is that even slight alterations, such as planting more trees in the inner city or creating urban parks with a greater variety of plants, can significantly reduce the negative side effects of city life.

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