I'm fairly conscious about how much we get outdoors and appreciate nature, sure I love it most when I'm in a nice wilderness setting, with a fire and a knife, whittling away at some project or another... But that's certainly not doable the majority of the time and for some there's very rarely the opportunity, then of course there's a whole load of people that never really get out into nature, or even get to appreciate the nature that's right there and available...
In light of all that when I saw this challenge on the BBC website it prompted me to think about it all again, as I do often and I figure that it's a good one to share.
The basic thing that called out to me was the simple question, Can you do something wild every day for a month? What a great question and what a great challenge and what I'd like to see is what you lads and lasses get up to each day in the way of wild. So, please feel free to comment on this article with what you've been up to, or what your plans are for tomorrow and the next day etc so that you can experience some more 'Wild' in your life.
Because, according to the Trusts, only one in ten children ever play in wild places. However, being disconnected from nature is a problem that can affect all of us, both young and old.
Reasons we tend to leave mother nature behind include: busier roads, parents being more cautious of letting children play outside, fewer wild places to explore and an increase in indoor attractions such as television and computer games.
“The association of the outdoors as being a place for fun, enjoyment and socialising has diminished,” said Lucy McRobert, Nature Matters campaign manager for the Wildlife Trusts.
The idea that children are growing up away from nature isn’t a new one: reports from the National Trust in 2012 and the RSPB in 2013 highlighted some of the issues.
There are a lot of factors contributing to our increased rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression, according to McRobert.
“We have locked ourselves off from the natural world and in doing so have become more unhealthy as a result.
“Nature isn’t the cure-all for these illnesses but it can go a long way to controlling and preventing symptoms from developing,” she said.
30 Days Wild
This is the UK’s first ever month-long nature challenge and it’s easier to take part in than you might think.
The Wildlife Trusts are asking people, both young and old, to be creative and invent their own ‘random acts of wildness’. They could be as simple as following a bee to see where it leads you, smell a wildflower or make a wild work of art for others to enjoy.
The possibilities are endless.
"People who have regular experiences with nature should find themselves feeling happier and healthier"
BBC Source article
Wildlife Trust website