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Civic EcologyAdaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up$
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Marianne E. Krasny and Keith G. Tidball

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028653

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028653.001.0001

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Stewardship, Health, and Well-Being

Stewardship, Health, and Well-Being

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Civic Ecology

Marianne E. Krasny

Keith G. Tidball

The MIT Press

Hundreds of studies have documented the benefits of being able to see nature, and to take or walk or otherwise be in nature, on human health and well-being. These benefits may be physical, like reducing stress and recovery times in hospitals, cognitive like increasing concentration and the ability to do well on problem-solving tests, and social interactions as when trees in cities provide a place for people to gather, share stories, create social bonds and even reduce crime rates. A handful of studies have also documented the impact of actively stewarding nature on well-being, including enabling older adults to feel as if they are leaving a legacy for their children and grandchildren and for the environment. Other stewardship outcomes include feelings of accomplishment or self-efficacy and of empowerment. Because civic ecology practices involve both being in nature and actively stewarding nature, we can expect significant health and well-being outcomes for civic ecology stewards.

Keywords:   Nature contact, Nature and human health, Stewardship, Forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku), Nature and stress, Legacy, Self-efficacy, Empowerment, Ash trees, Emerald ash borer

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