In the frequently-cited statistic, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities by 20501.
That’s an extra 2.4 billion people living in cities between now and then.
However, multiple studies have shown that:
urban living stresses us out; and
- our brains are hardwired for nature and require regular access to it to maintain our health and well-being2.
Current trends reflect this. Over the last five years, mental health disabilities amongst urban inhabitants have increased by 83% in the UK. Globally, urban dwellers having a 20% higher risk of developing anxiety disorders and a 40% higher risk of developing mood disorders3.
Worryingly, it’s suggested that only 13% of urbanites across the world live close enough to nature to reap its benefits for mental health4.