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Healthy Ecosystems - Healthy People

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Healthy Ecosystems Are Necessary for Healthy People

Healthy ecosystems such as forests, wetlands, lakes, rivers and green spaces provide safe water resources, healthy food, clean air, cooler environment, and opportunities for more physical activities in parks and conservation areas which contributes to both healthier bodies and minds.

Environmental organizations and the health sector recognize the co-benefits of a healthy environment and are working together to build awareness, develop policy, and lead initiatives that support each other for one end goal - healthier people and ecosystems.

New Report - Conserving Biodiversity: A Public Health Imperative

Conserving Biodiversity: A Public Health Imperative is a new report from EcoHealth Ontario that compiles information about the essential health benefits provided by biodiversity.

EcoHealth Ontario is a multi-sector collaborative of agencies and individuals from across the province working to increase our understanding of the relationships between environment and health with the aim of finding ways to increase the quality and diversity of the urban and rural spaces in which we live.

Together we can engage people, reduce threats, enhance resilience and improve knowledge. This report was developed through EcoHealth Ontario's Research Working Group.

What Kind of Ecosystems Provide Public Health Benefits

  • Reduce smog and pollution by filtering out many airborne pollutants linked to heart disease, respiratory illnesses, diabetes, and cancer.
  • Regulate heat
  • Provide green spaces for outdoor activity which helps to improve both our minds and bodies.
  • Filter sediment, nutrients, and pollution, helping to clean our drinking water sources.
  • Recharge groundwater, which more than 20% of Ontarians rely on for their drinking water.
  • Provide wetland trails
  • Moderate the local climate by absorbing and releasing heat
  • Provide us with sources of drinking water and food
  • Support recreation activities such as swimming, fishing, and canoeing
  • The lakes recycle and purify the water we drink, absorb the waste we produce, provide us with food, fuel and shelter, moderate our climate, nurture our bodies and feed our spirits with their natural beauty.
  • Important drinking water source for 80% of Ontario residents

What is Ecohealth?
Conservation Ontario is a member of the EcoHealth Ontario collaborative
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