A new survey suggests we feel happier when we’re connected to nature, yet fewer of us are making the effort to get out of the house to do so. The online survey of two-thousand Canadians found 87 per cent of respondents felt happier, healthier and more productive when connected to nature. The “Nature and Me” survey was released by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), in partnership with Ipsos Public Affairs. It suggests that despite the positive benefits of being connected to nature, 74 per cent of respondents say that it is simply easier to spend time indoors. Further to that, 66 per cent of those asked say they spend less time in nature today than in their youth.
The survey was conducted as part of NCC’s announcement of our Landmark Campaign — the largest private land conservation campaign in Canadian history. This $750-million campaign will double the land and water conserved by NCC to more than 6 million acres. So far, the campaign has raised $551 million and completed 400 of 500 projects. These projects include efforts to restore rare habitats, support species at risk and improve the quality of our air and water. (The Canadian Press)
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