The report supports the dramatic need to reconnect children and youth with nature in their everyday lives—for their health and well-being and that of the Earth itself.
On 10 September 2012, the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) and the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) jointly released the landmark 'Children and Nature Worldwide Summary of Research' at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea.
Keith Wheeler, IUCN CEC Chair, and Dr. Cheryl Charles, CEC Assistant Deputy Chair and President and CEO of the Children & Nature Network, made this statement:
‘We are pleased to make this new publication available to the world. It is an evidence-based resource that serves as a tool to dramatize the critical reasons for reconnecting people with nature. Among those reasons, nature-based experiences help to offset children’s increasingly sedentary lifestyles with associated negative consequences such as obesity, diminished creativity, attention disorder problems and, most important to the worldwide conservation community, a lack of experience to prepare them to care for the world’s natural environments for generations to come.”
There is a worldwide trend in which children are disconnected from nature in their everyday lives. C&NN Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Richard Louv, highlighted this trend in his best-selling book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder . Reconnecting children and youth with nature helps to support their healthy development and also fosters their lifelong commitment to caring for the Earth itself.
The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) advocates for children, their families and communities to enhance their health and well-being and that of the Earth itself through direct experiences in nature. C&NN is leading a worldwide movement to re-connect people with nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership. For more information see www.childrenandnature.org.