Citizen Science and Health (12-22-21)

Williams and colleagues report on potential links between Citizen Science and health.  They share that “NEs [natural environments] take a number of forms, ranging from pristine, modified, to built NEs, which are common in many urban areas. NEs may include nature-based solutions, such as introducing nature elements and biological processes into cities that are used to solve problems created by urbanisation. Whilst urbanisation has negative impacts on human health, impacting mental and physical wellbeing. . . exposure to NEs may improve human health and wellbeing. Here, we review the mechanisms by which health can be improved by exposure to NEs. . . . Such exposures may have physiological and immunological benefits. . . . Citizen Science, which often causes exposure to NEs and social activity, is being increasingly used to not only collect scientific data but also to engage individuals and communities. . . .  Citizen Science programs that facilitate exposure to NEs in urban areas may represent an important public health policy advance.”

Craig Williams, Sophie Burnell, Michelle Rogers, Emily Flies, and Katherine Baldock. 2022.  “Nature-Based Citizen Science as a Mechanism to Improve Human Health in Urban Areas.”  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 19, no. 1, p. 68, https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010068