Healthy ecosystems are essential for human health and survival. We all depend on clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, healthy food supplies, green spaces for recreation, and contact with wildlife to enrich our lives. There is growing evidence that we gain specific physical and mental health benefits from living in clean, healthy ecosystems and from having access to natural areas and biodiversity.
EcoHealth Ontario (EHO) is a collaborative of professionals in the fields of public health, medicine, education, planning and the environment. We are working together to increase our understanding of the relationships between environment and health with the aim of finding ways to increase the quality and diversity of the urban and rural spaces in which we live.
Greenspaces are found in cities and the countryside. They typically include public spaces such as parks, conservation areas, greenways, trails, urban and rural forests, street trees, community gardens, school grounds, shorelines and ravines. They also include private and institutional spaces such as gardens, rooftops, cemeteries, golf courses, and outdoor spaces associated with businesses, hospitals, care homes and universities. Green spaces provide important ecological functions that, in turn, provide us with many public health benefits.
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EcoHealth Ontario members have contributed to a number of research projects that explore the connections between ecosystems and people, and that also provide examples of projects that have been initiated to incorporate ecohealth.
“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” - Pedro Calderon de la Barca
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