12 October 2012
Image: Andy Hay
One of the greatest threats facing our natural environment is people’s growing disconnection from nature, especially that of children. If people do not have a connection to nature, they do not realise its value or feel a sense of responsibility for it, and are less likely to take action to save it.
It is widely accepted that today’s children are not as connected with nature as previous generations. This is despite the wide range of research that has been carried out into the positive impacts that contact with nature has on children, as well as the environment.
We need as many children as possible to be engaged with nature, so they value it and prioritise it. If they are connected to nature, children will take action to save it now, and also throughout their lives.
Alongside providing diverse learning experiences through our Youth and Education Department, the RSPB believes that the devolved education administrations across the UK must acknowledge the critical role that learning in the natural environment plays in conserving the natural world (and the far-reaching additional benefits), and take direct action to ensure access for all.
We believe that every child and young person should have regular opportunities to connect with nature, so they value it, prioritise it and take action to save it now and as adults.
For more specific details of our research and education policy activities across the UK, please see the sections on the left.