The October issue of The Atlantic contained a report titled: The Nature Cure– Why Doctors are Writing Prescriptions for Time Outdoors by James Hamblin. It alludes to some of the recent data which shows that spending time in nature makes people healthier. Here’s the link to the interesting report:
It was recently reported that Ball State University is moving ahead with a plan to create a College of Health which will consolidate the disciplines of athletic training, nursing, speech pathology and psychology. We hope the University will also incorporate the newest research on ecotherapy, as referenced in The Nature Cure report.
The free-flowing White River will continue to provide tremendous psychological benefits, including also possibly serving as a laboratory for further university research in the emerging field if ecotherapy. This is yet more reason to protect and enhance the river, as recommended in detail by the Department of Natural Resources’ 1979 report: The Recreational Potential of the White River. As noted in a previous post, that report was shelved by the DNR which made no apparent effort to implement any its key recommendations.
One portion of the Atlantic’s report which particularly resonated was the part which described the importance of the need to “give something back” in addition to just merely “mining nature for its beneficial effects”. The Heart of the River coalition has worked tirelessly for two and a half years to make and state the case for protecting the White River from the destructive and ill-founded reservoir plan. Most of coalition partners would readily agree that they reaped the full benefits from “giving back” to protect the river!
With the recent decisions by elected officials in Delaware County to not participate in the proposed Mounds Lake Commission, the Corporation for Economic Development’s reservoir plan is on proverbial life-support, if not actually dead. The CED’s Rob Sparks, following the recent “No” decision by the Daleville Town Council, took a cheap, dismissive shot at the anti-reservoir interests by publicly complaining that the meeting was “inundated by outsiders”. By that comment, it’s sadly apparent that the CED simply refused to listen to the coalition’s and the other local citizens’ stated cases.
Hopefully, everyone can now move on to enhancing the river and its beautiful forested riparian zone.