We need to make sure our neighbourhoods have green spaces where people can explore their connections with nature. We need to ask teachers and school board representatives to take students outside so that nature becomes a classroom. And we need to stop making the outdoors seem like a scary place for children by helping parents understand that the benefits of playing outside outweigh the risks.
It will take public education and awareness-building as well as changes to the way we build cities and live in our communities to bring nature back into our lives. Connecting kids to nature every day needs to be a priority policy objective in any strategy for healthy children… Taking our kids by the hand and spending time outside with them will have the added benefit of making us healthier and happier adults.
– David Suzuki, “Healthy kids need time in nature,” David Suzuki Foundation, March 13, 2013