Why Sustainable Outdoor Environments Matter

  • Though global technological advancements have improved the quality of life for many people, increased urbanization, cell phone, and computer use is isolating more and more people, especially children, from the natural world. There is a wide range of research showing that kids who spend more time outside connecting with nature have improved performance in school, both academically and behaviorally. There is a lack of knowledge of where our food, water, and other goods come from and the amount of waste/pollution produced, where that goes, and how they affect the environment. Connecting with the outdoor environment helps people see the value of preservation and make more well-informed decisions. By creating sustainable outdoor environments for education and recreation, local habitats will be restored allowing pollinators and other wildlife to flourish. Sustainable outdoor environments are useful to humans, but function as balanced ecosystems that are not degraded by pollution and exploitation.

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