Forests and Your Health

Our health and well-being are closely tied to the health of our natural environment. Trees and forests are important features of healthy ecosystems that support healthy human populations.

forest-and-trees-rattray-marsh---pond-with-bridgeAccording to a 2012 Trees Ontario report A Healthy Dose of Green, Trees help to reduce smog and pollution in our cities by filtering out many airborne pollutants that have negative impacts on our health, such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulphur dioxide and particulates. These pollutants have been linked to heart disease, respiratory illnesses, diabetes, and cancer.

Forests and green spaces have also been linked to a significant decline in stress, improved rehabilitation, faster hospital recovery rates, and a decrease in the severity of symptoms in attention deficit disorders.

The State of Ontario's Forests

Experts have determined that a minimum 30 percent forest cover is required to maintain a healthy, sustainable ecosystem. Currently, forest cover is as low as five percent in some regions of Ontario, compromising our health and the health of our ecosystems.

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Learn More

To learn more about how trees and forests impact our health check out these great resources:

REPORT: A Healthy Dose of Green, Trees Ontario (2012)

FACT SHEET: Conservation Authorities: Healthy Forests for Healthy Watersheds, Conservation Ontario (2013)

ARTICLE: Map App helps bring nature into the equation, David Suzuki Foundation, (2012)

ARTICLE: Take two hours of Pine Forest and call me in the morning, Outdoor Magazine (December 2012)

 

Partners

Back to Nature Network Canadian Mental Health Association Ducks Unlimited Ecohealth Ontario Ecoschools Forests Ontario Hike Ontario Kids in the Woods Initiative

LEAF Ontario Childrens Outdoor Charter Ontario Headwaters Ontario Nature Traversing Urban Poling York Region


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