Guest Writer and Author: Glenn Perrett
Notes recorded by scientists during or after their observation of a specific phenomenon.
By Raissa Marks, Coordinator, Sustainability Education Alliance - NB (SEA-NB)
Last month, I had the privilege of attending the Natural Leaders Network Legacy Camp in West Virginia, USA. I was joined by Temily McCutcheon, another local Natural Leader, and Nick Stanger, our CNA Chair as well as 23 other passionate young folks from all across the States, Puerto Rico and Australia. Here are ten tidbits from my journal and a sketch from it as well.
…We will win in the cities where the judges' rule, the media broadcasts, politicians enact and the people live…
I heard this statement recently in relation to the conservation movement and the fight to protect an area from development. However I thought to myself the same is true for addressing our movement to re-connect children with nature.
I have long bemoaned that increased screen time of Canadian youth (averaging 7 hours per day) as one of the many sources of unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles, leading to disassociation and apathy towards natural places. As the Chair of the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, an organization seeking to support outdoor physical activity, play, and connection to nature, I surround myself with research and rhetoric promoting nature-based play for young people and their families. Yet, I seem to rarely look at my own screen time as a problem, using the age-old excuse that I need to use this tech