A survey by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) found just a third of people under 35 feel connected with nature, compared to more than half of the older generation.
The poll found that most people find being out in nature helps to reduce stress and boost happiness levels. In fact more than half of the 1,000 people surveyed said they need time in nature to feel happy and when they feel unhappy they find comfort in the outdoors.
Ms Humble, President of the RSPB and presenter of the BBC’s Springwatch, warned that children and young people denied access to nature could suffer “nature starvation”.
Everything about her from her photo to her rhetoric, rings alarm bells all over the place. Then there is the connection with the hijacked Greenie and Gore-ite Religion. Ding, ding, ding – steer clear. – precisely the type of favoured female leftie who runs human rights commissions and gets all the cushy jobs these days in a society where values are now turned on their head. Apologies if I’m wrong about her but we’re oversensitized of late.
On the other hand, she has a point about the kids. For a start, for physical exercise to not be part of the curriculum is an astounding thing which has crept in under the radar:
All European schools should have at least two hours of sports per week in their curriculum, argues a report concerning EU physical education.
A report entitled Current situation and prospects for physical education in the EU, by Professor Ken Hardman of the UK’s University of Worcester, written for the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education, was presented in a public hearing on the role of sport in education on 28 February 2007.
According to statistics, the number of children not doing sports is constantly rising across the EU. Computers and video games are considered as the principle reason why young people in particular drop sports completely.
Together with the growing debate on childhood obesity, and the health risks later in life that are linked to the condition, the debate on schools’ role in getting young people active is gaining momentum.
The EU has no specific competence in the field of sport. However, the European Constitution, currently on hold, states that the EU shall contribute to the development of quality education by encouraging co-operation between member states and eventually by supporting and complementing their actions (Article III-182 ).
Any trained primary teacher of the old school has seen the studies on the effect of exercise, in certain forms, on the brain and on overall well-being. One has to ask how serious the government is about a fit, intelligent rising population taking its place in the new society – surely they don’t want automaton ASBOs as the norm?
We come back to the same old question, over and over and over. Is it, with the government:
1. Sheer incompetence;
2. A deliberate ploy;
3. Indifference to the wellbeing of the average citizen;
4. A combination of two or more of the above
… which has caused a situation where the burden on the health care system will become well nigh impossible as this generation grow and become adult? For a start, do you need the child obesity figures?
The government can’t legislate to have children not watch porn and other unhealthy things on their home computers and those of their friends but they can legislate to have physical education part of the curriculum. Get-out clauses would not be acceptable either because there is exercise tailored to each child, dependent on his/her medical condition.
Even on her last legs, my mother was prescribed an exercise regimen she could handle and there is no reason why children can’t have the same.
That’s as far as the government can go and the parents then need to take over. Do they take their kids to the forest, to the seaside, to the hills and if not, why not?
1. Pressure of two people working;
2. Parents own non-disposition to go outdoors;
3. The internet culture;
4. The government induced malingering culture, so redolent and indicative of socialist societies?
The Inspector Morse episode Cherubim and Seraphim, while it was certainly twee, was at least an attempt to look at the problem of the dark seduction of children through acid house parties etc. etc. in the 80s. The fact that this was recognized as a problem way back then indicates that today’s problems are not only those of the children but of the generation before who’d already started down this path.
So while no children would be reading this post, adults would and those under 45 years old were exposed to this sort of culture and assimilated it to varying degrees. Gen X were always going to be a problem when they became parents, given the way they’d been shut out by the Boomers.
Yes, yes, it’s far more complex than that but it was still a factor though.
The bottom line
Whatever the causes, the simple fact is that kids are not getting out, are not getting exercise and are increasingly disconnected with nature. What they are connected to the parents should blanch at but when you stop and think of it, the parents would not blanch at it because they themselves were seduced into unhealthy lifestyle choices and thus they will now click out of this post and tell me to f— off.