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Heartland Institute’s Climate Skeptics vs Children: Bet on the Kids

Heartland Institute’s Climate Skeptics vs Children: Bet on the Kids

Two things give me hope. First, the trend seems to be reversing. Though visits to US National Parks fell in recent decades, there are now signs of rebound, possibly due to the recession or greater public awareness about the benefits of nature for children. A 2005 study by the American Institutes for Research demonstrated that students in outdoor science programs improved their science testing scores by 27 percent. Participation in outdoor education was directly associated with improved conflict resolution skills and cooperation. Michele Obama’s Let’s Move campaign against obesity is focused on getting kids outdoors again. The National Wildlife Federation has a parallel effort called Be Out There, citing research that connects the lack of outdoor time to not only increased obesity, but also depression, stress, diabetes, ADD and poor performance in the classroom. PTAs are in...

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