Environment Matters Spring 2017

Environment Matters Spring 2017

#GetOutThereIpswich

Mahler expressed it well, “Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.” If the earlier sunrise is starting to trigger in you a yearning to be outdoors, you are in good company. Birds are building nests, flowers are bursting into bloom, reptiles are getting active; it’s time to get moving. In our increasingly indoor, urban lives we sometimes neglect our basic need to just be in nature. The term ‘nature-deficit disorder’ was coined by Richard Louv to describe the condition where we allow this to occur to such a degree that it affects our well-being. Luckily there is a cure! If you are reading this newsletter, there is a good chance you are interested in nature conservation. If you think back through your life to the moment when you became aware of this, it is highly likely that it came about through some form of recreation. Camping holidays, bushwalks, building cubbies, catching yabbies, riding a horse, a rope swing over a creek, climbing trees; the list is long and we all have our own memories of special experiences that made us realise that nature

is not just important, it is essential. This doesn’t mean just having oxygen to breathe and water to drink. Nature is essential for our health and well being. Can we live separately from nature and expect to be healthy and happy? The short answer is simply ‘no’. Thanks to the award-winning Ipswich Enviroplan, opportunities for nature-based recreation abound in Ipswich. Walk, run, ride, paddle, swim, climb, sit, look, listen, leave no trace; see you out there. For information on recreation opportunities in Ipswich go to Ipswich.qld.gov.au/recreation

Ben Thomas | Nature-Based Recreation Officer

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