The way that our communities are planned and built impacts our health. Designing outdoor spaces with shade in mind can reduce exposure to UVR for skin cancer prevention.
Shade offers passive universal protection. Unlike individual sun safety behaviours, like wearing a hat or applying sunscreen, shade does not require that individuals practice the behaviours and remember to do so. Shade cannot be forgotten at home. It’s there when you need it!
When planned correctly, good quality shade can reduce UVR exposure by up to 75%.