Our environment shapes us into what we are. This is an argument that is easy to believe and to understand when talking about creatures of nature. Mutation in the colour of a butterfly’s wings leads to the elimination of those whose colouring does not blend into the surroundings. A dense forest gives advantage to the most agile of birds of prey. As human beings, our position is hardly any different. The more fragile we are or the more demanding the environment, the less we can do anything about it.
The environment gives us opportunities and takes them away. It brings people together and pushes us apart. It is in an environment that encourages interaction where we learn about each other’s needs, customs and culture. When children see their parents move about they, too, will be grow into physically active individuals. A school yard that encourages physical activeness free of culture-based boundaries helps new pupils mingle with the older ones. A beautiful, functional and safe environment invites us to go for a run, take exercise or enjoy a picnic. An ugly, scary location causes anxiety and stays empty.