06 Sep '12, 6pm

Why does wilderness matter? This infographic explains via @sharethis

As this recent infographic published by The Wilderness Society shows, A child who spends time exploring out in nature is more likely to be thin and fit, get better grades in school, and be free of emotional problems than his or her couch potato or mallrat counterparts. Despite this, our young people continue to disconnect with nature at alarming rates -- a problem that author Richard Louv described as "Nature-Deficit Disorder" in his acclaimed book Last Child in the Woods . Louv documented the negative effect of over-protective parenting, the rise of digital screens, and the disappearance of easily reachable wilderness. And if anything the downward trend in outside time has worsened since Last Child in the Woods came out in 2005. A child who grows up without regular doses of nature is less likely to cherish the wild. Just as we face unprecedented losses of America’s pristi...

Full article: http://wilderness.org/blog/why-does-wilderness-matter-inf...

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