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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

ExchangeEveryDay - RePost on Nature

The Importance of Nature
September 19, 2012

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.
-Lou Holtz
"A growing body of research attests to the importance of access to nature -- even if only a small patch of trees on marginal urban land -- for human health and well-being,"writes Louise Chawla in the Bernard van Leer publication, Living Conditions:  The Influence on Young Children's Health (  Some research findings cited by Chawla:
  • Studies show links between access to nature and ability to sustain concentration, delay gratification and cope with stressors.
  • Ethnographic observations of children's play show that games are more imaginative and creative in natural habitats.
  • Play in nature has been found to promote physical agility and social confidence.
  • Natural environments tend to encourage play that is gender-neutral or that brings boys and girls together.
  • Natural play fosters a deep sense of connectedness to the larger universe of living things.