Nothing is ever missing – it just changes in form.. greater in consciousness, less in number.
So although the environmentalists will argue that the world is in an environmental tailspin, that quote, nothing is missing, a universal constant, proves them to be a bit off track. So, we might be killing off jungles, and forests, and some specie, but nature does that, not us. It’s called evolution and, like it or not, resist it or not, it happens. Getting over it isn’t always easy.
The idea of urban acupuncture is evolutionary. I mean, why would someone suggest that an amazon rain forest is a better way to deal with city pollution than the addition of gardens, parks, pot plants and root top farms? It’s logical, We need the photosynthesis at the source of the problems. Carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide need green stuff to absorb and spit out the oxygen we need for life. Why not put those systems more in cities than in remote national parks. Plankton has also been nominated as a key player in the whole recycling system. This article is an exceptional insight into the possibilities of urban green. They have called it, cleverly, Urban Accupuncture.
As our cities expand and densify simultaneously, there is a need to design places to connect people to nature. If we are not careful, our commute and daily experience within the city will be nothing more than glass, steel, and concrete. This post articulates the need for biophilic interventions in urban places, offers good examples found in NYC, and suggests easy solutions you can take now to help.
Our access to wild places and “nature” is shrinking and so is our will to get to those places. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 80% of Americans took at least a weeklong vacation in 1977. Compare that to less than 60% of Americans taking a weeklong vacation in 2014. Additionally, trips to our National Park system has also been in decline. The Journal of Leisure Research published a report in 2014 that shows per capita visitation to our National Park system has declined 19% since 1997. If we are trending towards getting “out into nature” less, we need to actively design our cities to bring nature in. As we continue to select urban places to live, the impetus to embed nature, and specifically urban biophilic acupuncture, is paramount.
Biophilia is humankind’s innate biological connection with nature. It helps explain why crackling fire and crashing waves captivate us; why a garden view can enhance our creativity; why shadows and height instill fascination and fear; and why animal companionship and strolling through a park have restorative, healing effects.