Eco-Friendliness is a key ingredient for a successful community, writes Kate McLean, a doctoral student in conservation at Auckland University.
She points out that the “nature that we love, love to have around” can also be the source of environmental stressors.
But she warns that “the only way to avoid these effects is to reduce the numbers of people that are involved in the environment”.
McLean and her colleagues surveyed local communities and found that those who lived near parks, golf courses, green spaces, and public spaces were more eco-friendly than those who didn’t.
In some places, people were less likely to live in urban areas and more likely to work outside their homes, the authors say.
But they found that “living in an eco-zone is often a good thing, and we can all benefit from that”.
They suggest that by providing more eco spaces for people to be together, communities could reduce pollution and increase biodiversity.
“Living in an ec-friendly place is an integral part of being eco-connected,” says McLean.
“We can’t go back to the way we were.”