"Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit." — Edward Abbey
Our philosophy is built partially on the mentality that wilderness and access to Nature is a necessity, not a privilege. In 1984, famed Harvard biologist and conservationist E. O. Wilson published a book. He titled it Biophilia, a term he popularized to describe his hypothesis that humans possess an innate desire of affinity for connections with nature and other forms of life. The growing disconnect with new generations and nature concerned him, and the notion has slowly gained traction since.
Today, the crisis of spending too much time indoors and not enough time outdoors has a name: Nature Deficit Disorder. Though it's not a real or official disorder, it aptly describes the situation we now face in the industrialized world. Quality interaction and play with the environment during development years is critical for the maturation of social, critical, and physical skills and behaviors, and is necessary to foster a love for Nature.
Children learn from different perspectives than adults do, so in a world where children move further indoors spending more time in front of artficially-lit screens, this matter is concerning. While it may seem that the current group of young- to middle-aged adults is vocal and attentive to environmental issues, the fundamental understanding that serves as the referential, experiental backbone for the movement may be lacking in up-and-coming age groups.
You may be wondering how this is relevant to you. Spending time in Nature is beneficial for anyone's well-being. Recent studies show that spending time in city green spaces can provide similar benefits to getting out in the wild. Not everyone has access, and no one 'deserves' access, but it is critical to our existential well being. So, whenever possible, opt to go outside.
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