Many of society’s environmental and health goals cannot be met without tackling chemical pollution and there are huge wins to be had right now. Let’s not miss this window of opportunity to create a healthier and more sustainable future.
It is widely documented that mental health is affected by a complex interplay of genetic, psychological, social / lifestyle factors, and environmental exposures. In recent years evidence of the environmental determinants of mental health has grown, yet these emerging concerns are often under the radar in the third sector.
Funding to save the natural world is dwarfed by spending on other sectors, and the dearth of funding on the environment could become even worse as a result of COVID-19. Yet the lockdown has demonstrated how vital nature is for our mental and physical wellbeing, and the critical need for long-term support to ensure the health and vitality of our precious green spaces - for the climate, for nature and for people. Beccy Speight from RSPB tells us about the challenges they are facing, the opportunities they are seizing and what funders can do to help.
How connecting young people to their sense of rebellion, their values and their community can save the planet
By connecting young people to their sense of rebellion, their values and their communities, we can help turn on its head the increasingly pervasive norm that success is defined by what you earn and what you own. In so doing, we can improve young people's mental health and help protect the environment at the same time.
British millennials have the second worst mental wellbeing in the world, second only to Japan. One in four young women between the ages of 16 and 24 report having self-harmed and 93% of teachers report increased levels of mental illness in children and young people. What if the solution to the mental health crisis facing young people is the same as tackling environmental degradation?