This front-page Washington Post story, subtitled "Many Adults Worry Nature is Disappearing From Children’s Lives," expands on our recent rantings about people not spending time outdoors. I found it heart-breaking – like the finding that children ages 8 to 18 average 6.5 hours DAILY indoors using their electronics devices. Looks like the new condition of humans as indoors and sedentary, fat, disconnected from nature and depressed, could turn out to be our species’ version of climate change. We’re not just screwing up the environment; we’ve screwing ourselves up, too.
Lots of antidotes are being tried: some worthy educational programs by the National Wildlife Federation, free access to parks, buying outdoor toys and games, and hiking as a family. But the article left out the most obvious antidote to both nature-deficit disorder and childhood obesity – growing food, dammit. And growing big sunflowers, too, for the birds and just for fun. You know, gardening.