November 01, 2010

Only connect

The National Trust's 'Outdoor Nation' campaign aims to reconnect Britons with the natural environment. In a piece in today's Guardian, Fiona Reynolds of the NT discusses what's at stake.
The distance children stray from their homes has decreased by 90 per cent since the 1970s. One in five children has never visited the countryside, as many have never climbed a tree, and two-thirds of children play outside less than once a week.
To me, this is both heartbreaking and terrifying. What kind of parents will these children be - what kind of politicians - who have grown up with no connection to the natural world?

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