Educational programming and opportunities that immerse kids in nature are core goals for Common Roots.
Why are we doing this?
Children today are so plugged into television, video games, and computers (~ 44 hours per week) that they've lost their connection to the natural world – a phenomenon Richard Louv termed "nature deficit disorder" in his book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Louv suggests a link between rising rates of childhood obesity, attention disorders, and depression to a lack of exposure to nature.
Food for Thought
"Studies of environmentalists and conservationists show that almost to a person they had some transcendent experience in nature when they were kids. What happens if that ends for a large part of generation, and a larger part of the next, and the next, and the next? Who will be the next stewards of the earth?"