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Why is this so important?
Nature improves health and well-being, and access to public land is an issue of equity and serves the public good in many ways.
Clean air and clean water
Health is about maxmizing good things and minimizing bad things. Forests clean our air and water, and dirty air or water have dvastating helath effects.
Biodiversity is a public health issue in multiple ways, including the ability ot grow local food and the potential to develop new medicines.
Climate change and ecological grief
This is a new and rapidly growing mental health issue worldwide. Recent papers show that time in a forest can be restorative for anxiety, depression, trauma, etc.
Pollution, Wood Smoke and Public Health
Pollution is the biggest cause of death worldwide and it is expected to get much worse.