Since I moved office from a typical building to a purpose-built
conservation center located near a natural area, many of the staff have
felt more relaxed and productive. This seems logical and one would
think it is just common sense. Now a paper in the British Medical
Journal provides scientific proof that being close to nature improves
people’s health and well-being.
Are you constantly sniffing and suffering from respiratory problems and
feeling generally run down? Perhaps you have allergic reactions from
exposure to molds at home or in the office. Environmental health
standards in Europe and the US state that high relative humidity, over
50 percent, encourages biological agents, such as bacteria and viruses,
house-dust mites, and molds, to grow and be released into the air. But
here in Seychelles the humidity can be much higher!
Most, if not all, Seychellois would find it extremely strange that some
people who “have it all” in countries like the US and UK are determined
to leave “all that” behind and live simpler lives with few possessions,
no television or radio, and many times living off the land. Whilst we
crave for shops that contain all manner of things, thousands and
thousands of people in the richer countries are deliberately turning
their backs on what they believe is blind consumerism and environmental
Beaches are being lost very year. I remember beaches that are now only
memories. Climate phenomena are some of the causes of our receding
coastline. But human activities also result in beach erosion.