The forests, lakes, rivers and Ocean coastlines in Canada have long been revered for their natural beauty. Only recently have we come to realize that humans like other organisms are uniquely dependent upon them. We have become so urbanized that our connection to nature has become broken. Studies have shown that people who live in cities are more stressed and have a wide range of social & psychological disorders. Children without access to nature suffer more from ADD, and other behavioural problems.
Our disconnection to nature may become the very downfall of our civilization, as this country is currently on a path that puts the economy on a pedestal, and the environment is collateral damage to the greed of those who would destroy natural & pristine ecosystems for the resources that they house.
How to reverse this? Bring back the study of Natural History in the classroom. When Nature study, changed to scientific study, the romantic notion of nature was lost, thus creating a divide between human emotion and the natural environment. This emotional connection to nature is what inspires people to step out an experience it first hand, while embracing the beauty and spirituality of the land. Love of the land is what instills a desire to protect it. Science is cold & clinical, and does little to inspire a love of the earth, for all but a select few.
Time in nature should be mandatory for children in schools, but also should be actively encouraged as a family activity. With childhood and adult obesity at an all time high, shouldn’t we want our citizens to be active and enjoy a healthy fulfilling lifestyle. There is no equal to the thrill of kayacking on pristine lakes & rivers, whale watching, or hiking through an old growth forest of following a winding game trail.
We need to inspire Canadians and others to experience this great country of ours. Canada has a wealth of natural beauty almost unparalleled in the world. Our many Resorts, Lodges, B & B’s and campgrounds are perfect spots to get away from it all and breathe in sweet fresh air, see the stars at night, hear wolves howl and heal your body & soul.
” Man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; the Lakota knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to a lack of respect for humans too.” – Luther Standing Bear