Giving Compass’ Take:
• Survey results show that Americans think the future of the U.S. should prioritize taking care of the natural world.
• How are you helping build a future that addresses issues concerning nature and the environment?
• Envision a nature connected future for all children.
From children’s books to television shows, movies and news, American children often hear negative information or see dystopic images of the future of our natural world. Renowned children and nature author Richard Louv suggests a new direction, and the American people agree.
We have a choice. If we see only an apocalyptic future, that’s what we’ll get, or close to it. Imagine a society in which our lives become as immersed in nature as they are in technology, every day, where we live, work, learn and play, a future in which our intelligence and creativity, our ability to feel and be fully alive is enhanced by more frequent contact with the natural world.
The June 2017 American Climate Perspectives Survey found that over nine in ten Americans agree, with well over half of them strongly agreeing, that we should talk about a future we want — with thriving, healthy nature — when talking to children about nature.
Results spanned political affiliation — children, nature and a positive narrative is a common-ground issue and value set. By shifting our vision and communications we can help ensure our children are optimistic about the future, more excited about spending time in nature, and more willing and inspired to protect it for future generations.
Read the full article about nature by Meighen Speiser and Paige Fery at Medium.
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