Sunday, April 10th, 2011
Nature Deficit Disorder

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It’s no secret that among kids, outdoor activities in the natural environment have taken a back seat to television, video games, the computer, and a demanding schoolwork and extracurricular schedule. As a result, there is an increasing disconnect between them and nature. Richard Louv, author of ‘Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder’, argues that as our kids become more and more enslaved by a sedentary lifestyle, it becomes even more paramount to set them free in the outdoors, and let their imaginations do the work. I am happy that our son Florian enjoys time in nature, like here with his friend Sadie Jenkins, drifting down Peterson Creek on an ice floe near Outer Point on Douglas Island. Besides the obvious health benefits of playing outdoors, we hope that by fostering an appreciation for the natural world around him through unstructured play Florian will learn to care about the environment. Because how could he grow up into an adult citizen who advocates for the natural world if he has no direct knowledge of it?

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