Source: Project Wild Thing Website, see links below
Date: November 24, 2014
The current generation of children is predicted to be the first generation in a VERY long time that is predicted to NOT live longer than their parents. David Bond, in this very engaging film Wild Thing, seeks to correct that by making himself the “Marketing Director for Nature” and taking on the selling of many unnatural things to our children by selling Nature or simple time outdoors. Along the way he points out the many studies that show positive effects of mental health, wellbeing and development of spending time in nature.
Questions for Discussion:
- What effects might our electronically mediated lifestyles have on currently developing children and adolescents?
- We usually talk about Nature within the context of our historical debates about the roles played by Nature (genetics) and Nurture (upbringing and social experience) but what sorts of things should we study or consider if we want to include Nature (as in Mother Nature) in our consideration of human development?
- What are some of your experiences with the potential role of Nature in your general sense of wellbeing?
Other Sources of Information on this Issue:
Coplan, Robert J. et al., (2014) The Restorative qualities of being alone with nature. The handbook of Solitude: Psychological Perspectives on Social Isolation, Social Withdrawal, and Being Alone. (eds R. J. Coplan and J. C. Bowker), John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118427378.ch20/summary
Russell, Roly et al., (2013) Humans and Nature: How knowing and experiencing nature affect wellbeing. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 38, 473-502.