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Go Outside and Play

25 May

forest-trail“The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” — Richard Louv

“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist.” ― Richard Louv

As more children are being raised in paved ecosystems, we now have a generation of children with deep sympathies for polar bears but little awareness that nature surrounds them all the time. Even in the presence of gardens, parks, and urban streams, urban kids are likely to think of the environment as somewhere else. The problem isn’t limited to our children. There are many adults who don’t even know what kind of tree is growing in their front yard and couldn’t define the word “ecology” if asked.

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One response to “Go Outside and Play

  1. navasolanature

    May 26, 2015 at 04:28

    How true about Polar Bears and no natural places to play in. Not sure it matters too much about naming everything but it does help understand the amazing diversity around us.

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