The Environment and Your Health
Ecosystem goods and services are benefits and consumable products provided to humans by healthy ecosystems. Nature provides multiple goods and services that keep us healthy, including food, materials (such as wood), fuel, clean air, drinking water, and also offers recreational, cultural and spiritual opportunities.
Although we might think that nature will supply us with unlimited resources forever, this is not true. Once these resources are degraded, we will have to find new ways to provide similar goods and services which can be very expensive and in some cases impossible.
Forests, wetlands, rivers and streams, and Great Lakes are just some of the natural features that help keep us happy and healthy!
The Clean Water Act is part of the Ontario government's commitment to keeping our drinking water safe. Get to know your drinking water! Find information about your local Drinking Water Source Protection Region or Area.
Select an icon below to find out how each natural feature impacts your health and well-being: