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.
Encouraging children to engage with nature
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 which 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 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.
In more depth
From early years to secondary level, children's well-being can be nurtured with frequent contact with the natural world.
The RSPB believes that sustainable development principles must lie at the core of the Northern Ireland education system.
We work in partnership with Real World Learning and Learning for Sustainability Scotland to help raise awareness.
Our Every Child Outdoors research draws together the findings from the wide range of research into the positive impacts contact with nature has for children, as well as the environment.