As I start my first walk through Redwood Park, Toowoomba, I take a deep breath in and out. As my mind starts to clear I hear the birds all around me. It’s so quiet yet the highway is not far away. I stop as an Eastern Yellow Robin perches in front of me, I take a step closer to see if I could get a photo and the Robin darts off but returns metres away. As I continue my walk through the dry rainforest of Redwood Park the Robin follows me feasting on the insects that I unknowingly disturb.
For me, green spaces are a chance to recharge, clear the mind and reset my body. It is one of the only places I can find mindfulness and truly relax in this busy world of ours. The benefits of green space can improve mental health, reduces cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, obesity, and the risks of type 2 diabetes.1
As I sit in Redwood Park and ground myself, I hear the beautiful sounds of the different bird species and the creek running nearby and this gets me thinking, “imagine if we didn’t have spaces like this?” Imagine instead of being able to sit and relax in the bush/forest/rainforest that the only green spaces we had were man made parks and gardens. Don’t get me wrong, I love a picnic in the park and the amazing parks and gardens within Toowoomba but to have the quietness of being away from the noise of people and cars cannot be beaten.
I have always been aware of climate change and try and to do my bit but since becoming a student a Darling Downs Environment Council I have realised how naive I was to the real issues of climate change and how little time we have left to make huge changes. Animals have always been a passion of mine and at times I would rather be around them than people but due to the current climate changes 1 in 6 species are at risk of becoming extinct. For plants, animals, and birds to survive they either need to move or adapt to their current environment, and with the speed that the climate is currently changing often this is not possible.2