This week we discuss urban areas in large cities and the impact that living without access to trees or parkland can have on mental and and even physical health. We look at access to green and blue spaces (water and parkland) and their relationship to wellbeing. We also discuss the mental health effect of COVID and being indoors for extended periods of time as well as some “nature” strategies, including music, that can help offset some of those negative effects. We even discuss playing music to plants!
Tarika Powell is a policy analyst and speaker in the fields of fossil fuel infrastructure development, public safety, land use management, and equity. For the past six years, she has helped lead Northwest opposition movements to false clean energy solutions like fracked gas. This work has made her a regional expert on energy policy. Tarika lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She is an advocate for increasing public education around mental health. Tarika is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. She also holds a Masters of Education and undergraduate degrees in English and African-American Studies from Oberlin College. You can find out more about Tarika here. Check out our nature playlists for green spaces and blue spaces.