Researchers have linked urban experiences and green behavior. A press release from the University of Exeter reports that “People who live in more built up areas and spend less free-time in nature are also less likely to take actions that benefit the environment, such as recycling, buying eco-friendly products, and environmental volunteering. . . .policies to preserve and develop urban green spaces, and support urban populations reconnect with nearby nature, could help meet sustainability targets and reduce carbon emissions.. . . Dr. Ian Alcock . . . said: ‘. . . Greening our cities is often proposed to help us adapt to climate change – for example, city parks and trees can reduce urban heat spots. But our results suggest urban greening could help reduce the damaging behaviours which cause environmental problems in the first place by reconnecting people to the natural word.’” Ian Alcock is the lead author of this study, which is published in Environment International.
“Reconnecting With Nature Key for Sustainability.” 2020. Press release, University of Exeter, https://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/news/articles/reconnectingwithnaturekey.html