The evidence supporting the need for environmental interaction often comes in a two pronged approach:
- The human need to spend time outdoors for health and wellbeing reasons, with growing concerns over issues such as obesity, diabetes, ADHD, depression, anxiety, social isolation and dementia.
- The need to learn about the environment so that we can care for it better and reduce the impact of environmental issues such as climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss.
The need for environmental interaction is highlighted by its benefits. There are a number of issues which can be improved by environmental interaction. These are separated into environmental and social issues.
Below are just a few examples of researched publications describing some of the relevant current issues and benefits of environmental interaction for all ages.