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BY ME: GALAPAGOS REBELLION AGAINST FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN LUXURY TOURISM

June 25, 2015

There are articles you write because your editor asks you to. There are articles you write because you need the money. Then there are articles that make you get up in the morning; that influence events and opinions; that remind you there’s much more to journalism than seedy backhanders and phone hacking. Today I published one of those articles.

http://www.theecologist.org/…/galpagos_rebellion_against_fo…

DOES GREEN SPACE REALLY MATTER?

June 21, 2015

Green spaces make us happier and healthier. It’s not an idle comment, it’s based on evidence.  In 2013 the BBC reported on research from the University of Exeter that showed people living in greener areas reported “higher life satisfaction and reduced mental distress”. (You can find the full article here.)

The charity Mind actively promotes ‘ecotherapy‘ – helping mental and physical well-being by supporting people to be active outside.

The evidence is already there: green space is important for adults, as well as children; and for mental health as well as physical health. Our children are ranked as the unhappiest in the developed world. One in four UK adults will experience mental health problems each year.

It’s time to convince our politicians, our planners and our NHS bosses that our gardens, our parks – and everywhere else where we have some space – should be full of green, not grey.

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