Bringing Younger Generations Closer to Nature
By Homz | February 17, 2023
Nature has always been an integral part of our lives, providing us with resources, beauty, and a sense of peace. However, as communities become increasingly urbanized and technology-focused, younger generations are becoming detached from the natural world.
This phenomenon, known as Generational Environmental Amnesia, impedes their participation in pro-environmental behaviour, which is essential to reverse the ecological damage that has been done. So, how do we bring younger generations closer to nature and help them understand the importance of preserving it for future generations? Let’s find out!
- Get them outside:
Encourage children to spend time outdoors, whether it be through camping trips, hiking, or just playing in the park. The more they experience nature, the more they’ll appreciate it and understand its importance.
- Make nature more accessible:
Many communities lack access to green spaces and natural areas. Partnering with local organizations to create accessible nature trails or parklands can provide opportunities for young people to experience and appreciate nature.
- Teach them about nature:
Children and young adults are naturally curious about the world around them. Providing opportunities for learning and discovery in nature through programs like outdoor education and environmental clubs can foster a deeper connection and appreciation for the natural world.
- Promote environmentally conscious behaviors:
Encourage environmentally conscious behaviors, such as recycling, conserving water, and reducing waste, to help children understand the impact their actions have on the environment.
- Advocate for environmental protection:
Show children how they can make a difference by advocating for environmental protection policies, such as supporting renewable energy and sustainable communities, which can help them feel empowered to make a positive impact on the world.
By taking these steps, we can help to reverse Environmental Generational Amnesia and foster a deeper connection and appreciation for nature among younger generations. HOMZ takes this commitment a step further by providing residents with opportunities to connect with nature.