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We Are Nature

How we treat the natural world is how we treat ourselves. It’s time we redefine our relationship with nature.

A girl on her father's shoulders walking away in a wheat field.
We are nature Spending time in nature helps with concentration and reduces stress and anxiety. © istockphoto.com

Our Health Is Nature’s Health

Nature is a part of you. It’s the air you breathe, the water you drink, the earth that grows your food. And our futures are entwined with nature’s. Our planet faces tough challenges but, together, we have the power to create a healthier future for nature and for ourselves.

We Are Nature (0:52) Our health depends on nature's health. Learn how we're all interconnected.

See how your health is connected to nature’s health:

Looking up through a tree's leaves.
Up Above Trees remove air pollution, which can help our health. © Jonathan Grassi
A hand filling up a water bottle at a fountain.
Water Clean drinking water is vital to our health. © Jonathan Grassi
Fruits and vegetables in a market.
Sustainable foods Regenerative food systems can curb carbon emissions. © Julian Hanslmaier
Three adults lowering a tree into the ground.
Urban tree growth Tree-planting addresses urban heat and air pollution. © 2018 Diane Cook & Len Jenshel
A woman trimming headges.
Urban Oasis Urban green spaces create enormous benefits in cities. © Lynsey Weatherspoon
Looking up through a tree's leaves.
Up Above Trees remove air pollution, which can help our health. © Jonathan Grassi

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Our Air

The majority of the world’s population breathe in unhealthy air 22,000 times a day. Improving our air quality can mean breathing easier, and less risk of premature death due to pollution —particularly for people of color. While eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels is of the utmost importance, reforestation efforts are a powerful first step to absorbing global warming-causing carbon. There are ways to heal.

A hand filling up a water bottle at a fountain.
Water Clean drinking water is vital to our health. © Jonathan Grassi

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Our Water

Water is the reason for life on earth, but 2.1 billion people do not have access to a safe water supply. Chronic water shortages, rapid population growth, and aging infrastructure all contribute to potential conflict over water resources. But there are effective ways to reverse our actions and provide clean water for all.

Fruits and vegetables in a market.
Sustainable foods Regenerative food systems can curb carbon emissions. © Julian Hanslmaier

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Our Food

The quality of our nutrition depends on how we manage our resources. As populations grow, biodiversity is falling victim to demand—and we can't afford to let nature be the collateral damage. By working with farmers on sustainable practices at the community level, we can ensure our food remains plentiful on a global scale.

Three adults lowering a tree into the ground.
Urban tree growth Tree-planting addresses urban heat and air pollution. © 2018 Diane Cook & Len Jenshel

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Our Climate

Our planet is warming by the day, and those of us who live in urban areas feel the effects the most. But we have many of the solutions we need to make a difference now. Between tree-planting efforts and policy change, we've been hard at work creating a healthier planet.

A woman trimming headges.
Urban Oasis Urban green spaces create enormous benefits in cities. © Lynsey Weatherspoon

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Our Well-Being

Protecting our environment doesn’t just preserve the planet for future generations, it pays off right now. Caring for nature can not only free us from climate concerns such as extreme heat and flash floods, but it allows us a safe haven for mental and physical healing. Nature can nourish us, if we nourish nature.