Another reason why we need more green space

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Many of us know instinctively and intuitively that open green space around us can relax our minds and lift our spirits – somehow we just feel better.

A new study confirms just that: it shows that people living near green space experience less anxiety, depression, heart disease, back pain and asthma than those living in concrete jungles.

“The role of green space in the living environment for health should not be underestimated,” Dutch researchers wrote in a study published in the British Medical Journal’s Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Check out reports in PsychCentral here and Bloomberg here.

That’s another reason why we desperately need to preserve existing green space and create even more around us.

No wonder, with green space rapidly diminishing all over the country, all sorts of health problems are on the rise. (Another contributory factor behind mental health problems is the wide gap between the rich and the poor, which this blog has highlighted in the past).

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ghkok

Hi Anil, Yes I agree with you – greenery helps to soothe the soul and relax the mind. Psychologists say that, and personal experience also proves that. The problem is … green space need to make way for housing, offices, factories, roads, etc. Why do we need so many of these ? Because our population is growing like crazy. We have one of the highest population growth rates in the world. Why ? Because a certain stupid politician (in the past) said that our country can support 70 mil population. Why did he say that ? … For racial/political reasons.… Read more »

daniel

It is a subjective issue, how much is enough? How much development is enough? Let the council and State Government decides. There is so called, cost and benefit study. You can not have the best of the two scenario. If you want to read, go to the subject of cost and benefit study on development on many websites. You can not enjoy development without the cost!!!

All civilizations come with a price. Nothing is free.

looes74

People, I got to agree to the need of having green space. However to what extent. One got to handle this matter on a balanced matter. Not just skewed towards one end, forsaking the others. What say you if we propose that we should not build houses & stay on top of trees? Where do we draw the line? Think along that line We should be talking about having a balance. It’s tough but one got to make a choice. Absolute protection of environment. That means we got to stay on top of trees or overdeveloped cities such as Monaco… Read more »

Sallang

Trees and green spaces make good living. However,our local councils do not seem to be doing the right thing. They cut down the shady old trees, and plant new ones, which will take many years to provide the least of shade. I visited Quilin, China, and wonder how a clean ‘Li River’ flows through the city of so many people, why our rivers, so narrow yet so polluted. The streets were lined with shady ‘Qui’flower trees, which permeates the air when you walk beneath it. Its so relaxing to be there. Air Asia flies direct to Quilin. Make a trip.See… Read more »

frags

Sorry, but I have to question the veracity such studies. Finding a correlation in the data between those living near green space with health does NOT show causation. What the study doesn’t take into account is the lifestyle of the respondents. There are so many variables missing that to jump to the conclusion that green space does this is hasty in my opinion. Sorry but I do believe that green space is important and its easy to get people to plant trees etc. There are obviously other advantages to this so I feel it should be encouraged, but this study… Read more »

Dalbinder Singh Gill

Bro, what was earth when God created it?

frags

Is this a bait question or something? I said the environment is important and we must preserve it. Plants are after all a very important cog in the eco system of this planet. I only questioned the accuracy of this ‘study’ and that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. There have been many studies done in the past that were sponsored by certain groups with certain agenda/bias. Some even for the purpose of conning people into believing rubbish(like the countless miracle health cures in our market). Science requires the most rigorous tests and experiments to ascertain if a hypothesis is fact/correct.… Read more »

frags

My point is, further studies on this is required.

Ong Eu Soon

The older generation used to talk about high blood pressure, but modern generation is start talking about low blood pressure and low blood count. Low blood count is worst than high blood pressure. The low blood count will lead to what modern medicine call cancer. More than half of Malaysian young generation suffered from low blood pressure and low blood count. If not because they are staying in concrete jungle why the sudden abnormal change in the disease pattern? More than half of today youngsters suffered from ED especially from the Chinese communities, increasing number of Malay youths also started… Read more »

Dalbinder Singh Gill

Private property, Trespassers will be prosecuted. this is what is happening to our green spaces around.

kingkong

Only the rich cares for themselves – More space and especially green. What about those in slums and in housing estate. Is Gerakan really a socialist party?

Antares

The Urban Matrix has a deleterious effect not only on our mental and physical beings but it gradually attrits the sensitivity of our souls to the subtle epiphanies of nature. Once we lose that spiritual connection, all talk of “God” is mere lip service!

Gerakan K

I hope LGE administration will *cccidentally* realize this fact before committing more concrete projects. He should appoint this blog owner as green adviser.

Morning Dew

All diseases begin from the mind. Even when there are exogenous factors, if the body is healthy it is able to restore homoeostasis very quickly. The health of a person is dependent on the mind state. Many of today’s physical problems is not recognised as “mental problems” but it has been recognised to be so for thousand of years in traditional chinese medicine and ayurvedic medicine. As an example. A person suffering from mental stress will suffer large intestine constriction i.e. constipation. This will progress to affectations of the lungs such as having a lot of phlegm, wheezing, coughing (chronic… Read more »

Ravi

Dear Anil Sir

Thank you for pointing this out.

Our people and the leaders MUST hear these things!

We live in tamans and housing estates which are like concrete jungles, no green space!

People are suffering because some contractors want to make lots of money!