What are the Issues with How We Live (Human Habitat Deficit Disorder)?
Every living thing on the planet has a habitat, complete with an ecosystem it has developed a symbiotic relationship with. For the most part, we are unaware of stressing effects our homes, schools and workplaces may be having on us, our communities and society in general.
Five Adverse Effects of Human Habitat Deficit Disorder (HHDD):
- Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) including Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), can have multiple adverse effects on respiration and the central nervous system.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and other autism-spectrum disorders are on the rise, and not just among young people. Although nature has been documented as an effective treatment, most indoor environments are all but devoid of plant-life; very few have something akin to an indoor garden; practically none feature a thriving natural ecosystem.
- Nature Deficit Syndrome (NDS) refers to a broader series of behavioral problems related to modern life's disconnect with nature. In a nutshell, being divorced from the natural world leaves us more vulnerable to stress.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) relates to a winter phenomenon in northern hemisphere regions when colder weather and fewer hours spent in full-spectrum sunlight can lead to anxiety, bland malaise, or even depression.
- Greenhouse Gasses (GHGs) not only contribute to global warming, their high concentration in urban areas and indoor environments can't be having a positive effect on people. Economic costs of more extreme weather aside, an entire generation has already grown up with the threat of looming global environmental catastrophe hanging over their heads. What are economic and social costs of such angst?
Genesis' mandate is intended to help mitigate, reverse or avoid outright the physical, psychological, environmental and economic impacts of human non-habitats.