Don’t touch – dangerous (or protected) nature

It’s worth reading this article in today’s Independent by Peter Marren.

Though I can’t help feeling that it will be part of the problem if we start calling not going out ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’.

Anyway, have look here.

But I’m also struck by how early on children’s views of the natural world, like all other parts of their lives, are shaped by their parents.

When adults teach children that wasps are dangerous and that the correct response to a spider is a physical and mental ‘eee-yuk’ there’s a danger that those children will forever be scared of nature.


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