The future of the planet depends on how much time children spend in nature

(ORDO NEWS) — Today our planet is going through far from the best times. Its surface is overflowing with debris, the air temperature is constantly rising, the glaciers are melting, and the level of the World Ocean is getting higher. Yes, if events continue in the same course, it will not be good for humanity. That is why each of us should start to treat nature more carefully – first of all, you can just stop throwing garbage on the ground.

But, what is most important, it is important to educate the younger generation about the careful handling of nature. And for this, according to scientists, it is important to strengthen their “connection with nature”, allowing as often as possible to go on hikes with an overnight stay, fishing and other outdoor activities. At the same time, it is important that children have the opportunity to be alone with nature. Supervision from adults is definitely needed, but unnecessary interference in this matter is unnecessary.

The future of planet Earth

The results of scientific work were published in the scientific publication Science Alert. As part of it, researchers surveyed 1,285 North Carolina children aged 9 to 12. Scientists were interested in how often children are in nature, what they do there and what they think about the state of the environment in general. According to one of the authors of the scientific work Kathryn Stevenson (Kathryn Stevenson), children who are often out in nature always have something to do there. Fishing, hunting, picking edible berries and mushrooms – all this refers to outdoor activities. However, survey participants who opted for more secluded outdoor activities like fishing voiced greater concern about the current state of the environment.

One of the benefits of being in nature that we emphasize in private is that children who have a strong connection with nature are more likely to want to take care of the environment in the future, ”explained Catherine Stevenson.

It should be noted that the results of the study do not indicate that children can be left unattended. It is very important to control their actions, because, due to their inexperience, they can start a fire, run into dangerous animals, eat poisonous plants and get into many other troubles. It is important to familiarize the younger generation with the environment, because, as scientists put it, “today they are more versed in the types of Pokemon, and not in the species of animals and plants.” With all this, children need to be given time to be alone with nature.

The fact that a long stay in nature teaches people to take care of it was also proven in the course of scientific work, the results of which were published in the journal The Wildlife Society. According to statistics, people who have chosen careers related to nature take more care of the environment than anyone else. You might think that only the careers of a biologist, a forester, and so on are associated with nature. But many fishermen and hunters are also ardent defenders of nature. After all, most of them help maintain a balance of populations in the animal world, reducing the number of species that pose a danger to endangered animals.

The benefits of walking in nature

In general, scientists see only advantages in being in nature. At the beginning of 2020, my colleague Lyubov Sokovikov talked about how even ten minutes of being outdoors can significantly reduce the level of anxiety and anxiety. Research has shown that if a person manages to be in nature for 20-30 minutes a day at least three times a week, their blood levels of cortisol, better known as the stress hormone, significantly decrease.

But, unfortunately, with frequent stay in nature, many people forget about ecology and throw garbage directly onto the growing grass. Ultimately, it turns out that parks and forests are polluted with plastic bottles, bags and other debris that can only decompose completely after a thousand years. It is noteworthy that mankind began to harm nature long ago – scientists have evidence that even our distant ancestors were engaged in sabotage.

 

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