a call to arms?

November 1, 2010

in Announcements

Two things.

Firstly, ISP issues prevented the publication of Friday’s Mesmerising Moment – again. Thankfully it didn’t take as long to resolve this time, but still, it’s disruptive when an “outage” occurs.

Secondly (and more importantly) this is A CALL TO ARMS. Or rather a call to the arms of nature.

I’ve had an eye-opening email from those lovely people at the National Trust. They are a little bit concerned that children now spend 60% less time outdoors than their parents did as children (that would be my generation). Even more surprising, when the NT delved a little deeper into the issue they realised that, apart from a relatively small part of the population, we seem to be losing touch with the outdoors.

This lack of outdoors time, a disconnect from the natural world, is a major issue in many countries around the world. Richard Louv coined the phrase Nature Deficit Disorder in his book, Last Child in the Woods, as a way of describing this phenomenon. It started a revolution (of sorts) in America, inspiring the Leave No Child Inside initiatives.

Now, in the UK, while we have Play England and a host of other organisations encouraging unstructured free-play for children, there are still gaps in our knowledge about the why we appear to have become an “Urban Nation”. Someone needs to ask the questions. Some one needs to collate the answers. Someone, somewhere needs to come up with a plan to get the nation back outdoors.

And that’s just what Outdoor Nation is all about.

Outdoor Nation – Your call to the arms of nature

While I can aim to inspire with Mesmerising Moments I have found that many people who read the posts daily are already lovers of the great outdoors. They spend time in nature and understand our intimate connection to everything around us. But many, many more people have yet to make the leap back outdoors.

And Outdoor Nation wants to find out WHY?

You can get involved with Outdoor Nation and help them to find the answers to:

  • Have we lost touch with the outdoors?
  • Why is it hard to keep a focus on outdoors in our lives today?
  • What do we get from being outdoors that we can’t get through other experiences?
  • How can we bring more focus on outdoors into modern life?
  • Does it matter whether we are an “outdoors nation” or not?

Have a look at their website – http://outdoornation.org.uk/ – comment on their blog posts, share ideas, pictures (on Flickr) and videos. Outdoor Nation are keen to know what you think about the UK Outdoors. So, head on over there now and join The Great Outdoors Debate.

(And after that, get outdoors yourself and experience the Mesmerising Moments nature has to offer, every second of every day on our wonderful planet.)

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