The impact of external surroundings on our mental and physical health
Our surroundings have a profound impact on the way we think, feel and act.
Not just the immediate surroundings where we spend most of our time, but the state of our local neighbourhoods and wider planet too.
Our Theory of Environmental Wellbeing considers these different layers of our surroundings, and offers an innovative approach to improving the world’s surroundings.
Immediate Surroundings: What’s around us right now.
The lighting and aesthetics of our room, the sounds around us, the room temperature.
It’s possible to change these immediate surroundings with relative ease and speed, with benefits to productivity, stress levels, mental health and sleep.
We can make these changes individually.
Local Surroundings: the neighbourhoods, towns and cities in which we live.
Green and blue spaces, public gardens, nature reserves.
With the support of local councils and urban planners, change can take place within months or years. Charities, businesses and research can all influence the speed and scope of change.
We can make these changes through local collaboration.
Global Surroundings: the physical environment impacting our entire planet.
The current environmental crisis and degradation of our natural world are impossible to reverse overnight.
Change requires international government agreement and action, with long term commitments that span several decades.
We can make these changes through international collaboration — but only with individual and local support.
Portal starts with our Immediate Surroundings – but goes beyond.
We aim to create digital solutions that showcase the positive impact of surroundings on wellbeing.
We believe that’s best achieved through immersive experiences that are simple, effective and scalable, and help to better our immediate surroundings.
Portal’s focus on natural surroundings is not only effective in improving wellbeing & productivity, but also serves to strengthen our connection to nature and inspire stronger environmental decisions too.