'If children lose contact with nature they won't fight for it'
An article by George Monbiot published in the Guardian discusses the detrimental effects that a reduction in children engaging with nature will have on both the children themselves and the nautral world.
The author cites a variety of reasons for the decrease in children’s freedom to roam and play outdoors including ‘the criminalisation of natural play’. He says
'The great indoors, as a result, has become a far more dangerous place than the diminished world beyond’.
He references the benefits of playing and exploring outdoors – ‘Most of those I know who fight for nature are people who spent their childhoods immersed in it’.