How Much Is Nature Worth?

Date: 20-Jul-14
Author: Marty Middlebrook

The value of natureHow much money are Australian workers prepared to give up to have greater contact with nature at work? How do indoor plants affect productivity? What do they do for air quality? How many workers can’t see the sky or a single potted plant from their workstation?

All of these questions are answered in new research launched by Planet Ark and they all provide an incentive to host a National tree Day event at your workplace. 

The findings of the research show that:

  • Australians would be willing to give up an average of $3,674* pay to be able to work in place with regular contact with nature.
  • 28% of workers can’t see any natural elements from their workspace including window to the outside, indoor plants, or the nature-inspired artworks.
  • Having plants in the workplace: helps workers recover from stress and tiredness more quickly; reduce the presence of VOCs and air-bourn bacteria; and increases productivity and creativity.

These findings are just some of the reasons to bring nature to work and get involved in National Tree Day. Get outside and plant some trees, hold a green morning tea or host a plant giveaway. For more information on these and other ideas check out Planet Ark’s Tree Day Workplace Activity Guide

View the Research

The research report titled Valuing Trees – What is Nature Worth, provides more information into the findings.

Please forward this article to others who may be interested in the research or in National Tree Day.  

*Assuming a base annual salary of $70,000.

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