Fixing "Nature Deficit Disorder" - Amy Masreliez's List on Teaching Kids Sustainability -- thank you from PlanetShifter.com
Fixing "Nature Deficit Disorder" - Amy Masreliez's List on Teaching Kids Sustainability -- thank you from PlanetShifter.com

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[ From: Can we teach our children sustainability principles? By Willi Paul ]

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Hello -

I responded with 11 of the top suggestions and ideas that every person can put into practice -- all of which I have done and am doing today. This problem can only be tackled by going outside of the boundaries of curriculum or an existing channel of media. The teaching requires direct hands-on involvement and parents acting as a role model. I would be interested in seeing what you produce and publish in this regard.

The solution to the problem must start at the toddler age where the early model is built, to prevent "Nature Deficit Disorder" from occurring. Yet that doesn't mean that teenagers or adults can't be rehabilitated with the right program or community involvement. Thanks,

Amy Masreliez
Seattle

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I would recommend a few key resources designed to help you integrate this value into your life -- take these 11 steps and you will have a major impact!

1) Integrate Heal the Child program and we will heal the earth

2) Choose wisely extracurricular activities based upon principles outlined in the book "Last Child in the Woods," and how to save your child from "Nature Deficit Disorder" by Richard Louv

3) Build your own community and attend a local program with your children. An example in the Pacific Northwest is the Wilderness Awareness School. Order the package on-line and then build one of your own self-led nature discovery programs for your local community. Many go to this school from all over the country.

4) Choose local solutions by investing in time to watch government sponsored green programs such as the King County "Green School" program

5) Select the schools that are green for your children to attend, for example the Montessori Children's House that starts children as the toddler stage with gardening and caring for the earth

6) Join organizations to understand how to protect local resources and then demonstrate to your children how you are doing that. Some organizations are the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

7) Join local non-profits that protecting natural resources that impact the quality of your life locally and demonstrate those values to your children by being involved. Example is the People for Puget Sound

8) Join local gardening clubs and programs. This is a great way for children to begin early and get their hands dirty, something all kids love to do

9) Write to your local House of Representatives and Senate about existing environmental legislation and urge them to take action. Civic action is required in our political system to make your values count in our society

10) Also read the "Global Achievement Gap" and you will understand that given our educational outcomes in the US, the "Nature Deficit Disorder" problem outlined by Louv (source above) is real. Our vast expanses of nature and un-chartered territory use to be a huge competitive advantage for the US in fostering a society that is innovative. Also read the book, "Enriching the Brain" and you will understand how important this issue is.

Global Achievement Gap

Enriching the Brain

11) Read Plan B. 4.0 by the Earth Policy Institute and you will recognize how children in the future will be changed forever, if you don't act now! Subscribe to their news

Connections -

Amy Masreliez
Managing Partner and Founder
OPTYVA

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"All children today has to be taught of the "participating economy" and to know of all the ins and outs of the global economy -- No one can afford to become like what had happened to Iceland --- and by not not knowing the cost of goods and value of goods, but only to be "brain washed" into blind consumption without the consequences -- this blinding of the consumer ostriches" is not only harmful to the youngsters but it is pure "deception". We have the communication tools to guide these future youngster and to make them see the direct consequences and effects -- Yes, only in so doing, the global economy can be sustained by both knowledge and the vehicle to knowledge -- real education."

Paul Yih, President
5C group International corporation